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Make Room, Make Room

Published July 14, 2010 5:29 PM by Jason Marketti

Sometimes therapy gyms can become so crowded that we end up bumping into one another trying to complete each therapy session. I have often gone into the hallway to complete sessions so I have more space to move around.

But what really irritates me are the therapists who think the gym is owned solely by them. They will bring in a large amount of people and then proceed to treat them in the middle of the room, completely disregarding other staff who happen to be in their way. (You know who you are).

Simply moving out of the center of the room will allow patients more access to equipment and eliminate the FWWs from getting tangled up in the wheelchairs as they pass one another.

If you happen to be one of the gym hogs who treat your patients in the middle of the gym, please do us all a favor and move a little bit to the left so we can more easily pass around you and not interfere and distract your patients. Thank you very much.

As a side note, the title of this is borrowed from a sci-fi novel by Harry Harrison that was adapted into a movie starring Charlton Heston. The movie was "Soylent Green."



Tell us how you really feel :-)

My assumption is that this post is to gym hog therapists nationwide who might be reading.  But just to ask, the gym hogs you deal with on a daily basis...have you taken them aside and spoken to them one-on-one, requesting they be more considerate of other therapists?  

Some people are born considerate.  Others aren't.  Don't assume the space hogs "know better" and are being intentionally rude.  They honestly may have never given the other therapists a thought.  There are really people out there like that - completely innocently annoying the turkey out of others.

My husband and I have different threshholds for several things.  We don't "see" the problem until our threshhold is activated.  We aren't ignoring the problem to annoy each other - it really doesn't hit our radar.  May be the same way with space hogs.

But once you tell them, any professional should respond with an attempt to develop a workable solution.  Unfortunately, not all health care practitioners are professionals...but that's another blog.

Janey Goude July 16, 2010 12:53 AM

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    Jason J. Marketti
    Occupation: Physical Therapist Assistant
    Setting: San Jacinto, CA
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