Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Start This Spring Right: Be Active & Healthy!

With the weather getting warmer and more favorable to outdoor activity, this is a great time to start practicing healthy habits by being physically active. Physical Therapists prescribe exercises to address dysfunctions in an individual’s body. We rehabilitate patients from ailment or injury, as well as, give guidance on what patients should do to prevent a recurrence or new injury altogether by finding muscle imbalances and faulty movement patterns. Exercise can help eliminate or ease complaints of pain, restore normal biomechanical movement, and increase functional ability. A comprehensive exercise routine can help foster all the aforementioned with the method of payment being consistency!

Although doctor referred patients are given a prescription to seek Physical Therapy services, I believe for a majority of cases the patients' truest prescription for health is exercise! This theory also holds true for the general public including those with or without a disease or physical aliment. As a Health Care Provider, Physical Therapist and Health Fitness Specialist, it is my absolute duty to promote the medicinal benefits that a consistent exercise regimen presents. These benefits include decreasing the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Another important exercise-induced health benefit that directly relates to Orthopedic Physical Therapy (a sector of physical therapy practice at D&B) is the preservation of bone mass that comes along with consistent exercise. When bone mass is kept healthy, it negates or delays the potential for osteoarthritic conditions to flourish. Common osteoarthritic complaints in orthopedic physical therapy tend to be back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain. If your bones stay strong and healthy, your risk for joint pain decreases markedly.

Everyone can benefit from being physically active. For what it's worth, I practice what I preach and try to get others to follow my lead. Personally, I have created a fitness challenge for myself for the month of April, of which I perform some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day for each day in the 30-day month of April. I named the effort “#30four30.” 30 (30 minutes)---four ([for] The Month of April is 4, The 4th month of the Year)---30 (30 days).  I have gotten friends, family, and patients to join me on this journey. It's a great way to stay active, motivated, and to become and remain healthy.

At Duffy & Bracken we offer our patients programs that help them begin their fitness journey the right way and continue it without injury. Our GRAVITY Small-Group Personal Training classes offer a safe effective total body workout in just 30 minutes. It’s great for all ages and fitness levels. Invest in your health by starting your fitness challenge now! Get out there and exercise, now and forever! It's an inexpensive way to feel expensive! You're guaranteed to do a world for your mind, body, and pockets.

Clifford Civil, PT, DPT, ACSM-HFS

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