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Andrew Hammond and wife, Alyssa, atop Mt. Haleakalā
My physical therapy journey began
with my own experience of pain.

 

Around the age of 18, I developed low back pain. There was no injury, no event, just a gradual onset of achiness right above my tailbone. I figured it would go away. But it didn’t.

About 

Me

 
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I went off to college followed by graduate school. I learned about anatomy and physiology. About rehabilitation science. About different schools of thought and approaches. I experimented with all that I learned in an attempt to rid myself of the pain. But there it stayed. 

After graduating with my doctorate in physical therapy, I sought the highest levels of post-doctoral training available to physical therapists in the US. I learned a lot. I gained a lot. I was more capable of helping people. Yet still, there was something missing. I still hadn’t ‘fixed’ my pain.

 

Then I began to explore eastern philosophy as it relates to pain and suffering, and began seeing my experiences through a slightly different lens.

 

I began to listen to my body, pay attention to my body, and heed its wisdom. I learned to treat the pain as a beacon to slow down, sleep, exercise, take breaks, move, have fun, laugh; to move toward a state of safety & balance in my life.

Through my experiences with my own pain and working with innumerable people suffering from pain, I have made it my mission in life to reduce human suffering.

 

My Philosophy

 

I believe that the human body (and mind) possesses the capacity and the drive to heal.

 

This is true for all living organisms. From trees to fish to single-celled organisms to human beings; we all have an innate drive for homeostasis—for balance—and are capable of reaching this balance.

 

And yes, this balance shifts during our lifespan depending on a multitude of factors—some in our control, some not. But the body is always striving for balance and wellness nonetheless.

 

So what’s my role in all of this? I’m here to work with you to set the conditions for your body (and mind) to do what it already knows how to do: heal.

This is a collaborative process that is entirely centered around you— the individual. Ultimately, I want to help you do more of what you want to do, whatever that may be.

My approach to care is simple and pragmatic, and can be distilled to one essential question: How can I help?

This website is a space for everyone.

 

I write and speak about topics related to physical therapy, service, pain, and suffering for both physical therapists and those with no medical background or training.

I harness my curious (read: obsessive) mind to take complex topics, simplify them, and create daily implementation practices to help you cultivate the skills required to reach your goals. I don’t just provide information, I guide you to think critically, reflect, and act differently so that you can live the life you want to live.

Want to know more about me?

  • I’ve engaged in some of the highest levels of training possible for PTs in the US.

  • I’m a questioner. I seek to understand how and why things are the way they are. This has led me to deeply investigate what is at the root of what we do as physical therapists and why it’s important.

  • I’m an implementer. I'm always searching for the best methods to make a real difference for myself and my patients. This has led me to diverse areas of study and practice including philosophy, ethics, habits and implementation, pain science, mindfulness, meditation, and more.

  • I’m a creator. I can't help but take the things that I learn and create something new from them, blending a diverse array of methods, philosophies, and approaches to present a unique and diverse perspective.

Who am I really?

  • I’m a Maryland native with a bit of an obsessive personality who recently relocated to southern California with my wife, Alyssa, and dog, Magnolia.

  • We’ve renovated two houses with no experience (shout-out to YouTube!).

  • I love to do adventurous things like skateboarding and flying powered paragliders. I'm also planning to take advantage of our new west coast digs by getting into rock climbing and surfing.

  • I also love to read, think, meditate, and learn new things.

  • I’m learning to slow down (that might take a lifetime).

My Professional Credentials

  • Click to view my CV​ 

I'm looking forward to learning with you!
Andrew