BLUE HILL — An athletic trainer who has opened a business called Variable Movement said he’s passionate about helping people create a healthy lifestyle whatever their current physical state — injured or in pain or not.
“I just want people to move,” said Dan Waterman, a Walpole, N.H., native. “I think movement should be a well-balanced meal with a lot of different flavors. It keeps things interesting.”
Waterman was drawn to the field of athletic training as a high school athlete who frequently injured himself.
“I have a lot of skill sets for any population that wants to be active,” Waterman said. “The equipment I have here is to teach people how to move safely.”
The Blue Hill Peninsula is full of older adults sailing and playing tennis and golf.
“There’s a real active community here,” Waterman said. “So many active individuals are playing through pain when they don’t need to. That’s where I want to step in.”
The types of injuries Waterman handles depends on the age of the individual as well as the season.
Over-40s usually present low back and hip pain while those under 40 come in with knee and ankle pains, he said. In summer, shoulder pains are an issue for sailors.
The area is also experiencing a shortage of physical medicine practitioners other than chiropractors and acupuncturists, the trainer said.
To note, there is a difference between athletic trainers and personal trainers. Athletic trainers must have at least a bachelor’s degree and be nationally certified and state-certified and they usually work in hospitals or clinics.
Personal trainers work at gyms and may not require any certification or degrees.
You will see equipment at Variable Movement that you might recognize from a gym — for example, a treadmill, a rowing machine, kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells. Waterman also has orthopedic treatment tables and instrument-assisted massage tools.
Variable Movement is a cash business.
“I can give patients bills if I get a referral from a physician for them to submit to insurance,” he said.
If you want to schedule an appointment with Waterman, you handle that yourself on his website at http://www.variablemovement.com/. Hours generally range from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you don’t have internet or need help setting up online appointments, call Waterman at 374-7228. Variable Movement is located at 165 Ellsworth Road.
He was previously at Wellness Chiropractic in Blue Hill.
Waterman has a bachelor’s degree from the University of New England in Biddeford and a doctorate in athletic training from Indiana State University.