WHO IS JAMES AND WHAT IS PERFECTING MOVEMENT?
James O’Brien is the founder of Perfecting Movement, LLC. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, James was an airborne infantryman in the United States Army having served with the 82nd Airborne Division during combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After his time in service, he got out of the military with one too many aches and pains and decided he needed to learn how to fix himself, and to help others do the same.
In 2004, he enrolled in the University of Connecticut to study physical therapy and in 2009 became a physical therapist after graduating with a Master’s of science degree with a focus in physical therapy. As a physical therapist, his predominant focus has been in orthopedic physical therapy, managing musculoskeletal disorders.
In 2013, he became a board certified orthopedic specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been certified as a Running Technique Specialist. James has been happily married since 2003 to his wife Jennyfer and is the proud father of two daughters and a son.
Founder, James O’Brien
WHAT MAKES PERFECTING MOVEMENT DIFFERENT?
James’s approach is founded upon the belief that there is a right and a wrong way to move.
Any faulty movement that is not in accordance with our anatomical design is harmful. One must correct faulty movement and its underlying strength and flexibility deficits to truly get rid of pain, prevent injury, and to improve overall fitness and performance.
As a physical therapist, his guiding principle is to teach people how to help themselves. James wants to create as big of a “dent” as possible by helping as many people as possible. In traditional medicine, individuals are often placed in a passive role where they are treated exclusively by the clinician. Patients are not taught how to self-correct and manage their impairments.
In other words they are given a fish rather than taught how to fish. Although passive treatments such as massage, joint manipulation, acupuncture, dry needling, and medication, can be highly effective and are often very necessary, alone they typically do not address the root cause of the issue. Passive treatments may get things moving in the right direction and are often necessary, but of themselves do not correct muscular weaknesses nor train better movement practices.
In James’s approach, there are no magical “quick fixes”. Rather, you must learn on how to correct your faulty movement patterns and how to self-address your flexibility, strength, and motor programming deficits.
By learning how to fix yourself, you will develop true lasting gains and will be more resistant to injury. Although this will take hard work, “nothing good in life comes easy”. The Perfecting Movement approach is not a quick “Band-Aid” fix but rather a long term solution.