On this week’s episode of The NeuFit Undercurrent podcast, I’m joined by seasoned rehabilitation expert Ed Patterson. Ed works in our Austin headquarters and has had a deeply diverse range of experiences in the rehabilitation space.
As part of his practice, and performs mobile sessions for clients as well as in clinic sessions using the Neubie. Today we discuss some of the more interesting and challenging success stories he’s been a part of as well as get an insight into how his work with the Neubie has enabled him to achieve those successes faster.
[Garrett salpeter] 0:27
I’m Garrett salpeter. And I believe that the most powerful and transformative way to help people recover from pain and injury, heal from trauma and reach their highest levels of fitness and performance is to focus on the nervous system. In this podcast, we’ll share knowledge from the frontiers of neuroscience and inspirational stories of how applying that knowledge has empowered people from all walks of life to heal, adapt, and grow. Welcome to the undercurrent podcast, this is a special episode, both because we’re here in person, and because I’m joined by a colleague of mine here at our new fit headquarters in Austin, Texas. We have Ed Patterson joining us
[Ed Patterson] 1:06
Today, and thanks for being here. Glad to be here.
[Garrett salpeter] 1:09
All right. So Ed has a very interesting background before we met and started working together and was in the home health space, and had been going around treating people working with people on a mobile basis, physical therapy type setting. And then and then we met started working together, but can you just kind of let people know. So first, I understand your background where you’re coming from just a little bit about your career, kind of before we met?
[Ed Patterson] 1:36
Sure, sure. Going all the way back to 1996. I started with a company here in Austin called reliability, and was at work capacity specialist, which means I’ve mainly did a whole lot of work comp, industrial rehab type of stuff for different companies to help them manage their work comp cost. And that included teaching classes of ergonomic classes, ergonomic settings, and, and safe work practices, and all the etcetera’s.
[Ed Patterson] 2:17
But as the industry changed, I had to change with it, and got more into the clinic and worked in an outpatient orthopedic setting. And just did a whole lot of exercise specialists specific for physical therapy type of stuff, which means I manage all exercise programs I progress. I also do a evaluations, excuse me, also do hands on work, and whatever’s needed, based upon what the physical therapist has asked me to do.
[Garrett salpeter] 2:57
So and you’d see a range of patients. I mean, absolutely. Workers Comp. Okay, yes. And then we met a couple of years ago. Yes. And can you tell me and see if you remember back to your first impressions of new fit, having been in the industry for 20 plus years, at that point, working hands on with patients, what was your first impression?
[Ed Patterson] 3:25
I, I walk in and I was like, sort of doing it just to get my good friend and nice Kara off of my back. Yes, yes, yeah. I thought I knew what she was talking about. But I had no clue. And I was then taken through a session, and the pads and everything put on me. And I was like, this is unlike anything I’ve experienced. And I had a lot of experience with other type of modalities, including electric stimulation and, and loved it already. But I didn’t know that this was going to be so significantly different, but I could tell immediately, so my eyes were like wide open. And I was like, this is this, I’m ready to work with this. This is unlike anything I’d ever experienced before. So
[Garrett salpeter] 4:31
So that you’ve been on with our team a couple of years now. And what are what are some of the impressions or high points in terms of individual patients or clients or you know, what are some of the things that really stand out to you from those last couple of years?
[Ed Patterson] 4:51
Well, the first thing I would say is the one of the biggest things about the newbie is that it enhances What you do as a therapist, and what you do in guiding your client, so it doesn’t it, it’s important that you don’t take away from any part of what you have learned, because this machine is going to add to it. And so that being said, I mean, just the fact that there’s many cases where I’ll see a client for the first time, and we’ll get results right away. Noticeable, meaning meaningful results, sometimes results good enough that I don’t even have to see the client a second visit. Now, that doesn’t happen all the time. But I mean, it depends on how long the person has been dealing with their issue or whatever the case might be. But it’s just such a difference maker, and enhance meant to the treatment that you’re already given. Like it, it’s night and day from, from anything I’ve done, the prior 22 years prior to coming to Neu fit.
[Garrett salpeter] 6:12
Awesome, awesome. And of all the people you’ve seen, what are there any one or two that kind of stand out as being the most like interesting or profound or meaningful experiences or patients.
[Ed Patterson] 6:26
When I first started here in the fall of 18, or just after I started here, I had a patient that had CRPS that came in. I remember just barely being able to put any pressure on whichever foot it was, I think it was our left foot, but I can’t remember and was unable to, you know, do finish her school, she was in school, she had to drop out of school, she just her life had just gone to a miserable place. And she was just doing her best to manage. And she would drive here from, I don’t know, like an hour every day. And every day that she came.
[Ed Patterson] 7:16
And I want to say at the end of about three months, maybe four months. She was fully functioning, she was able to go back to school, finish, whatever she was doing, and now she’s working in the field that she had chosen. But what’s really interesting is, after her very first visit, she calls us up and she thinks that something is extremely wrong with her body because of the reaction that she had. She did come back because after she got over the initial reaction, which was she was like wide awake all night. Her nerves are all just sort of confused and weird. But she wakes up the next morning and she’s able to tolerate air. She’s able to put some pressure on her foot. She’s able to do things that she hadn’t been able to do since this was an auditor. Yeah, it was a couple of years, I believe. Yeah. And so she, she sent me a lot of text. But she came back and she gave it her absolute best effort. So yes, that’s, that’s a huge story of perseverance and trust, and then also results. So which is fantastic. Awesome.
[Garrett salpeter] 8:48
Awesome. Yeah, that was I remember that was profound. I remember a moment actually, when we were sitting in the in the lobby at the old office, and she came in I was sitting up there you were sitting there waiting for her. Kara was there one or two people on our team and she came in had this moment of like, hey, guess what? And I’m like on the edge of my seat. I think we’re all Yes. And she said I’m going back to school. Yes, I remember that. Yes. It was. It was really profound.
[Ed Patterson] 9:18
Yes, yes. Yes. Yes.
[Garrett salpeter] 9:22
And then recently, in part with COVID, and different things that you want to do. We’ve had had a little bit of a little bit of evolution in how we’re working together where you’re, you’ve done taking about half of your work time. And now you’re going back into the home health world we go on mobile and seeing people in other communities around Austin. So we’re through halftime here together halftime doing this other element of your business. Can you talk to us about how the newbies working in specifically in that more mobile home health type of?
[Ed Patterson] 9:59
Absolutely The business. Yes. Just recently, I was able to work with a client from Marble Falls,
[Garrett salpeter] 10:08
Who 45 minutes outside of Austin. Yes, in the West for
[Ed Patterson] 10:13
Yes, it’s actually 50 it’s like an hour and five minutes’ drive. I’ve driven it enough, but he was in a motorcycle accident, and was severely impaired by the accident and was, you know, had to stay at home all the time. And so within about, I want to say, four to six weeks, within about six weeks, we had him ambulating. Without a problem, we had him doing a lot of things that was definitely ahead of schedule, but still on the safe side of the healing and all of that kind of stuff. And now it’s been 12 weeks, I want to say.
[Ed Patterson] 11:12
And he is back to work, doing exactly what he wants to do. Now work for him is extreme, because he does mountain climbing tours and rock climbing tours and stuff like that. So he needs to be able to do a lot of physical stuff, and he’s able to do exactly what he needs to do. So his injuries were severe enough that we’re still seeing each other because we want to just make sure that everything pans out the way it’s supposed to. But right now he’s able to do his job. That’s as he needs to do it.
[Garrett salpeter] 11:53
That’s awesome. I think I think it’s so cool that you’re able to work with people, you know, in some of these surrounding areas who, for whom might not work for them to come in here, you know, certainly not frequently enough to get regular treatment, or sometimes they’re impaired or bedridden, or they you know, they can’t get your opinion on transportation and be able to reach those people I think is awesome. What’s it like, just from a practical perspective, you know, having the new be bringing it bring into people’s homes, like how is it how was your experience, as a practitioner, you know, bring the machine where many people in their homes,
[Ed Patterson] 12:31
it’s been, I thought it would be actually a little more difficult, like, I thought it would be harder to find places to do things, but I found that you don’t need a whole lot of space, it’s not hard to carry around, I use a pretty big suitcase, so I can get in and out pretty quickly. And it has allowed me to it looks like I’m carrying a lot, but I set up shop and like set up a clinic in their home. And it is worked out quite well. To have that technology with me gives me some answers and some information that I wouldn’t have, if I didn’t have that at all.
[Ed Patterson] 13:22
The main things that we I would concentrate on before would be exercise, stretching, and tissue work. And now having this this gives me some more ability to do some other things with them that they might need, based upon what’s going on with them at that specific time. Oftentimes, you know, with use of the machine, you have the ability to do the neuro reset, which that’s priceless. It is priceless. It’s fantastic. And it really helps clients when they need to get overwhelmed or need to have help. In one way or another that, you know, often you just can’t get to any other way. So that’s just fantastic. And it’s very easy to do. Awesome. Awesome. Well,
[Garrett salpeter] 14:21
I didn’t get I think it’s wonderful, you know, the range of people are able to see geographically and in terms of, you know, types of injuries, types of patients. I mean, it’s not so we’re excited to continue working with you. We love having you here. And we also even though we miss you on the days you’re not here, we love having you out doing such good work in the community. And for the little possibly unknown to at least many people listening here. In fact about Edie is that he’s also a very accomplished singer. So I don’t know if we’ll get a vocal sample.
[Ed Patterson] 14:56
I don’t know if you’d want one right now.
[Garrett salpeter] 15:00
But I’ve had the privilege of hearing Ed sing a few different times. It’s beautiful. So thank you. Thank you for all the wonderful work you’re doing. And thanks for joining us on the podcast today. Absolutely honor and a privilege to work with you, sir.
[Ed Patterson] 15:13
Yes, it’s my honor. Thank you.
[Garrett salpeter] 15:16
Good. Yeah. We’re excited to keep the great work going. Thank you. Thanks again for joining us. Thank you for tuning in to this episode and the undercurrent podcast.
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[Garrett salpeter] 16:02
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