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Today on the podcast, I’m talking to Doc Jen Esquer who you would probably know by her Instagram name DocJenFit. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is a top 40 physical therapy influencer. Now, if you visit her Instagram page, you will know why. Doc Jen is an incredible athlete, she walks her talk. She has an incredible way of breaking down the anatomy and physiology to help people from all walks of life, live healthier and more physical lifestyles. She is so sweet and humble, and I loved chatting with her. In this episode, we talk about breath work, where to start when approaching a new program. She also breaks down mobility. And there are so many aha moments. I know you’ll enjoy this episode. Please enjoy doc Jen fit. Well, thank you doc Jen, for joining me today. It’s such a pleasure to be talking with you. Firstly, can you give us a background on you and how you came to become a Doctor of Physical therapy?
Doc Jen 1:59
Yeah, well, thank you for having me, always an honor to be able to just continue to spread this message and talk with so many different people. And it’s so cool how this community is just kind of evolved. And so yes, I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I grew up as a gymnast as a mover, like always very involved with my body and doing different activities. And once I retired, I started coaching gymnastics. And then I started teaching bloodies. And it was through this, you know, kind of coaching and teaching that I became even more obsessed with the body and understanding it. And why am I taping an ankle? And why do I need to modify around pain? And what else can I do and just the wanting to learn about the body and this hunger to continue to understand it is really what led me down the path of physical therapy and why I became a physical therapist. And from there, it’s just continued to evolve into education now in the social media platform, which I’m very honored to have stepped into and have people listen to me, I don’t know why. So…
I can tell you why, because it offers so much incredible information and is so easy to implement as well.
Doc Jen 3:21
Yeah, that’s my goal with it definitely is to break it to make it less complicated and less clinical and make it more attainable to the body and to the person. So it’s been a fun journey. It just continues to reach people from all over the world, I know that I can impact and help people without even having to touch them or put my hands on them.
Yeah, that’s amazing. And so in Australia, we don’t have a Doctor of Physical Therapy. So can you explain what you actually do?
Doc Jen 3:52
Yeah, so in, in the States, you know, we did have it where it was just like you graduate college as a batch, like that was your bachelor’s degree. And it was physical therapy. And then that progressed on to now you need a graduate degree, and it was a Master’s so it was two extra years outside of college. And now it’s an extra year outside of that. So they kind of just kind of like a chiropractor in the states where chiropractic has always been something very accessible to everyone, where you don’t have to have a prescription to go see a chiropractor if you felt like you needed an adjustment or you got your back hurt. You know, you could go straight to a chiropractor, where or physical therapist, you had to go see an MD and go see your physician to get a script to go see the physical therapist. And so now that they require us in the states to have our doctorate degree, it is so that we are more of that authority figure. We are there to be able to say you can come straight to us before you go see the physician and if we’re still not able to detect the issue or we think we meet, you need more imaging, then you can go see the physician, which I think in Australia, it’s been that way. Anyways. And so it’s, it’s good that we’re finally on this process here in the States as well. Because, you know, a lot of the times the prescriptions would be like back pain or knee pain, and it doesn’t really tell you anything anyway. So it’s good to be able to know that we are a first line defense for people in their bodies, especially when it comes to musculoskeletal issues. So anything that has to do with the muscles, the skeleton, the nerves, anything like that, obviously, if it’s internal, you go see your physician, but anything external, that’s what we’re experts at.
Yeah. And so I know you don’t do much one on one stuff now. But when you did, what, what were the first things you’d look at in terms of the way someone moves and their imbalances and whatnot?
Doc Jen 6:00
Well, for me, I really like to take a whole body approach. So traditionally speaking, even if you’re, it’s your knee that’s hurting, if it’s your shoulder that’s hurting, I’m still going to have you kick off issues and socks. And let’s take a look at even what’s happening down at the feet and how that’s responding. It’s it up the body. And so that is I am doing a postural assessment just so that we can see what your body is naturally going toward, does it naturally go toward one side versus another? Do you naturally stand with one foot in front of the other? And just going into looking at these natural tendencies can tell us a story of what your body is normally doing. And when I have this conversation with people, it helps to open them up so that they get to understand their own body, like, Oh, yeah, I do put pressure on the side, oh, I can see how I feel the pressure on one foot more than the other…
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