Wellness Institute Managing Partner Craig Weyer, PT, DPT, M.ED, ATC, COMPT, recently gave a presentation at Sun City Hilton Head about holistic treatments for pain management and pain prevention.
Dr. Weyer explained that you can be proactive when it comes to pain by getting an evaluation with a physical therapist, maximizing movement with the help of a therapist, and participating in recovery with a rehabilitation specialist. He also suggested utilizing physical therapy for pain relief instead of using prescribed opioids and before considering surgery.
He also suggested that treating pain, through the use of opioids, without treating the underlying issues is not proactive. This is confirmed by the recent warnings from the CDC and AMA of the danger and long-term ineffectiveness of the use of opioids and that utilizing skilled physical therapy to give the body a chance to heal should be attempted before considering surgery. An active lifestyle with daily exercise and stretching is critical to maintaining good health for muscles and joints.
We'd like to say "thank you" to Cherie Bronsky and the Sun City Hilton Head Community Association for organizing the free presentation for residents. It was a great turnout, and we hope that the material was useful to all in attendance.
Dr. Weyer is available to speak to a variety of organizations. Please contact the Wellness Institute at 843-547-4058 for more information.
A native of South Africa, Dr. Weyer brings a unique blend of experience to the Wellness Institute. Originally trained as an officer in the Airborne Forces, Craig retired from the military with the rank of Captain and was recruited into the business arena to manage a corporate sales team. He received a diploma in Business Management at Damelin Business College but decided that his interests lay in a different direction. In 1994, he returned to college to study physiotherapy. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from GC&SU receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, he obtained his national certification in Athletic Training (ATC), followed by a Masters in Physical Therapy (MPT) from AASU. Craig has since undergone additional specialization and completed the Australian Physiotherapy program in Orthopedic Manual Therapy specializing in spine rehabilitation with emphasis on lumbar and cervical dysfunction (COMT). He received his doctorate from the University of St. Augustine, specializing further in manual based therapy and has his certification in the use of Dry Needling (Cert DN). Craig is also a guest lecturer at AASU in Savannah. As a 27-year veteran in the game of rugby, Craig is the team physical therapist for the USA developmental team, the Panthers (USA Rugby South). In his spare time, Craig enjoys the outdoors and an active lifestyle including competing in Ironman distance triathlons, traveling internationally, and the occasional golf game.