️The heart is the most vital organ in the human body, yet many of us take little to no action to keep in healthy. How can physical therapy improve heart health?
•ADDRESS MOBILITY ISSUES
If you have been trying to recover from an injury or medical condition that keeps you from moving as often as the average person, a physical therapist can help you safely regain activity. We work with patients to strengthen injured or weak areas of the body and slowly progress into a regular exercise regimen.
Daily walks and choosing to take the stairs over the elevator are two great ways to promote a heart healthier lifestyle, without pushing the body too hard!
•PERSONAL TREATMENT PLANS
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 36.5 percent of American adults are considered obese. Obesity is a contributing factor of serious heart problems, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. A licensed physical therapist can evaluate your weight and overall physical state to help you set realistic goals. This will include an exercise plan with warm-up and cool-down movements to help prevent injury. This can be especially critical for beginners, who could find themselves sidelined by an injury if not careful.
•PREVENT OPIOID ABUSE
Many individuals have been prescribed opioids to help manage chronic pain. These drugs have very serious side effects and can cause dependency. Opioids have a direct connection to cardiovascular issues like heart disease, yet many people do not know that physical therapy is a safe alternative to these drugs.
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