Dr. Kyle Blair, PT, DPT, CSCS, Physical Therapist/Clinic Manager

Kyle earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from West Virginia University. While specializing in orthopedic physical therapy, he also finds the complexity and high degree of improvement with vestibular rehabilitation intriguing. Chronic pain management and helping his patients through their physical and psychological challenges is also a strong point for Kyle.

What Kyle Has to Say

What aspect of movement do you find the most fascinating? Why?

Motor planning. When a muscle or body part is “weak”, it’s an over simplification to think this only means how much resistance it can handle. In many cases, if not all, some degree of dysfunctional movement is at fault and must be addressed along with resistance loading to reach the desired healing outcome. It’s fascinating just how much improvement you see when you incorporate this principle.

List 3-5 specialty areas. What is one specialty area that makes you stand out?

Orthopedics will always have my heart. In fact, I plan on acquiring a board certification in the specialty within the next 2 years. That said, I’ve always enjoyed treating vestibular pathology. The complexity is high, but the degree of improvement through intervention is very satisfying. Lastly, chronic pain is the most challenging, yet rewarding population. Truly helping someone through both physical AND psychological means is an art.

Which patients are your favorite to work with?

From a musculoskeletal standpoint, shoulder injuries and vestibular patient-types, as I feel these are my strong points. From a population perspective, the elderly. It’s amazing what you can learn from those who have lived through and experienced much more than you have.

What are your values and how did they influence your career?

Always learning and improving. In this field, there is no such thing as “good enough”. It is natural to find comfort in routine, but this is not a habit I allow to manifest. My determination to constantly improve through research and self-awareness has both grown my clinical and managerial skills.

Why do you work for Body Gears?

I chose Body Gears because of the breadth of patient populations I have the chance to work with. I found my previous roles to be too confined to particular subpopulations, such as elderly or post-operative. Body Gears allows me to work with these populations as well as many others. A majority of my patients are direct-access, so I never know what pathology I may encounter on any given day. This makes work exciting and leads to heavy clinical skill growth.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love to paint. It allows me to mentally remove myself from the business of my everyday while expressing my creativity. Most of the art on my walls are my creations.

How do you stay active?

Aside from my extremely active occupation, I enjoy resistance training 4-5x a week with some form of cardiovascular training 2-3x a week. This has been a staple in my life since I was a teenager; I simply cannot imagine my life without it.

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