Resilience in Practice: My Triumph Over Adversity

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Resilience in Practice

My Triumph Over Adversity

Hey there, it's Tom Swales. I'm here to share a journey that changed my life in ways I couldn't have imagined. Let's talk about resilience and how it became my guiding force through the toughest battle I've ever faced.

The Ultimate Challenge
In June 2023, I found myself in a fight for my life. Toxic shock syndrome from a Streptococcus A Infection wreaked havoc on my body, causing multiple system failures. I was staring at a less than 30% chance of survival, with the odds of keeping all my limbs even lower. It was a dire situation.

But here's the thing: being fit and healthy isn't just about appearances or performance—it's the best insurance policy you can invest in. Years of focusing on my health became my lifeline when I needed it most. It's a reminder to everyone that every day invested in your health pays off when adversity strikes.

Rebuilding from the Ground Up
Recovery wasn't just about getting better; it was about relearning everything from scratch. I had to rediscover how to walk, move, and rebuild my strength. Ground-based movements became my starting point, rebuilding from the core outwards. It was a slow and steady process, but progress was visible.

Friends and colleagues rallied around me, helping to reset my body for movement. Within months, I went from losing 50lbs in the hospital to gaining back 35lbs of muscle. Small victories like doing box jumps or handstands became significant milestones in my recovery journey.

Resilience in Action
Experiencing the AMT (Assessment and Movement Therapy) system from the patient's perspective was an eye-opener. Testing it on myself through this life-altering event allowed me to refine it further, understanding movement and recovery in ways I hadn't before.

Though I'm not at 100% yet, I've made strides that surpassed even my doctors' expectations. The limitations linger, but the progress speaks volumes about the power of our bodies and nervous systems to adapt and relearn movement.

The Power of Human Spirit
My dedication to this profession stems from a deep passion for empowering people. It hurts to see individuals receiving poor advice, wasting time, and being told they can't achieve certain things due to a diagnosis. Our role as healthcare professionals should be about eliminating limitations and instilling confidence.

This experience solidified my belief that we can set higher standards in healthcare. The AMT system isn't just a method; it's a philosophy that aims to provide better care and remove barriers for those who trust us with their well-being.

Resilience isn't just a trait; it's a practice. My journey through adversity taught me invaluable lessons that I'm eager to share. Embracing resilience within the AMT system can transform how we approach healthcare.

Let's integrate this resilient perspective into our practices, guiding others toward transformative results. Together, let's raise the standard of care and empower individuals to live life to its fullest potential.

Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Stay resilient, Keep Striving for Greatness.

Tom Swales, founder AMT Systems

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Hi, I'm Tom Swales

Founder of the Advanced Movement Therapist Certification & AMT System

I'm a seasoned Physiotherapist and Strength Coach and on a mission to elevate orthopedic healthcare globally. I love to simplify complex practices and through the AMT system I'm empowering clinicians to deliver precise treatments and speed up patient recovery.
Let's set new standards & get patients better, faster!

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