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Getting Your Physical Therapy

Posted by Vicki on 08/08/2017

 

A physical therapist, who is an expert in restoring and improving mobility in people’s lives, can develop an individualized physical activity plan for you, whether your goal is to help your family stay fit, manage your weight, or combat the effects of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Starting a Physical Activity Regimen

    Physical therapist's extensive knowledge of health conditions allows them to examine people of all ages and abilities and design safe & effective physical activity programs that help establish life-long habits of physical activity. 

    For those who are overweight or obese or have a physical disability, physical therapists can perform an evaluation and devise safe exercise programs that increase strength and cardiovascular endurance, restore flexibility, and reduce pain when it exists.  

    For people with type 2 diabetes, physical therapists can help reduce the need for medications, lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and help manage glucose levels, among other benefits, through safe and appropriate physical activity.

 

Obesity and Weight Management
    Physical therapists also incorporate behavior modification into weight loss programs. For instance, treatment may include identifying causes of unhealthy behaviors, learning how an individual's readiness to begin or continue positive behaviors impacts progress, and recognizing any barriers that may compromise healthy habits.
 
    Physical therapists help the individual set goals and monitor behavior. Frequent contact, feedback, and continuous motivation and support are all components of behavioral programs that physical therapists provide in individual and group settings.