The Value of a Partnership Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what it means to be a physical therapist and the role that I play in the recovery of my patients. Physical Therapists are specially trained health care professionals who are experts in understanding how movement, posture, and function affect the wellness of the individual. A physical therapist’s goal is to promote healthy activities that maximize productivity and enjoyment in both work and recreational pursuits. Physical Therapists promote healing by reducing pain and inflammation, by increasing range of motion and strength, and by improving posture, body awareness and body mechanics. For me, as a physical therapist, I am a partner, a teacher, and a guide who helps people recover from injuries, conditions, or illnesses and who helps people learn to better care for themselves. I do not make you healthy; I help you to make yourself healthy. I do not determine your potential for success. You, and you alone, determine your potential. You must be an active participant in your health, and not a passive recipient of care. You are the most important part of the solution.