The science of healthcare is constantly evolving. Treatments are improving, and advances in science now allow individuals to live longer. Physical therapy has seen significant changes, and is now considered an accepted form of treatment for several conditions. Physical therapy can help reduce pain, improve mobility and help patients to live happier, healthier lives.
Physical therapists help improve quality of life through optimization of movement. As the New Year unfolds, we hope to get the opportunity to inspire you, and your family to enjoy the benefits of an active, pain-free lifestyle.
1. Physical therapy reduces injury
Our therapists can provide you with a structured, progressive exercise program to reduce injuries with a combination of warm-up routines, stretching and movement techniques. This will allow you to participate in the types of activity you enjoy, without the risk of pain and injury.
2. Physical therapy helps improve strength and balance
A progressive exercise program improves muscle strength and promotes balance and stabilization. Elderly patients in particular are at a risk for falls as a likely consequence of poor balance.
3. Physical therapy helps diabetes and heart disease
Diabetes and heart disease are global health concerns associated with several complications. Concerns include impaired blood circulation, nerve conduction problems and muscle weakness. Contrary to popular belief, physical therapy plays an important role in the treatment of conditions like heart disease and diabetes. A well designed exercise program under the supervision of a physical therapist can improve blood flow, nerve conduction and muscle strength in a safe and progressive manner.
4. Physical therapy helps improve posture
Every physical movement on a daily basis involves muscle contractions, joint motion and posture alignments. In a world where we spend more time sitting than ever before, postural problems are abundant. If you spend time hunched over your desk with your neck thrust forward and shoulders slouched, consider a postural evaluation with one of our physical therapists. A physical therapist can correct muscle imbalances, relieve joint tightness and also help improve breathing patterns.
The key to a healthy life is movement and function. Limitation in mobility and function impacts the quality of life. This can limit the individual’s ability to be an active participant in society. The good news is that the benefits of physical therapy are far-reaching. This makes therapy one of the most sought after treatment for patients with a variety of illnesses.
The year 2016 brings renewed confidence from the medical (and patient) community on the benefits of exercise and function. Our licensed physical therapists adhere to strict professional standards, collaborate with other healthcare professionals and come up with innovative treatments to help you live your life with abundance and energy.
Start the year right by contacting us to learn more about what we can do for you. Give your body the gift of good health in the New Year.
Dr. Daniel Skulavik, PT, DPT, OCS, is with Advanced Physical Therapy located in the Food Lion Shopping Center, Clinton.