HST107 Dr. Theresa Larson – Physical and Psychological Wellness

Summary:

Dr. Theresa Larson (aka “Dr. T”) has become one of the fitness world’s most sought after experts on movement health. Dr. Larson earned her doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Saint Augustine in San Diego, CA. A former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran, Theresa also played professional softball in Italy as well as semi-professional softball in the United States, was an All- American Division I softball player at Villanova University, as well as a former Body-for-Life Champion. Theresa founded Movement Rx with her husband in 2013 in order to break free from the limitations that traditional physical therapy puts on practitioners and patients. The result was a company where skilled practitioners can authentically treat patients with the time, care, and movement education they deserve.

Dr. Larson is determined to deliver health to as many people as possible with her team. She is an international speaker on movement & mobility for MobilityWOD, and is the creator and lead instructor of popular Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes program. She recently authored a memoir (WARRIOR) that was published in April of 2016 through Harper One, an imprint of Harper Collins, and is a co-founder of one of the cutting edge virtual rehabilitation and wellness company, Your Movement Prescription. YMP programming includes The Low Back FixThe Knee Fix, and The Shoulder Fix.

In addition to her practice, wellness and speaking efforts, Dr. Larson is a huge advocate for Team Red White and Blue, a veteran non-profit, National Eating Disorder Association, CrossRoads Adaptive Athlete AllianceResiliency Project, and Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Theresa’s mission is to provide programs and education on mindset and movement self-care to the individual, the adaptive athlete, and to organizations so they can stay ahead of their health and continue to do what they love.

In this Episode, you will learn:

  • Theresa’s background and experience
  • Being a female Officer in the Marine Corps
  • Eating disorders in a combat zone and the military in general
    • Self-stigma
    • Stereotypes
    • Misconceptions
  • Learning positive wellness coping techniques
  • Awareness of previous addictions
  • Respecting mind, body, and fitness rather than abusing mind, body, and fitness
  • Awareness and recovery

Links Mentioned In This Episode:

Dr. Larson’s book

Theresa  on Social Media:

Twitter

LinkedIn

Movement RX Website

Theresa’s Website


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