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“Can Physical Therapy Help Improve My Health & Fitness?” Refer To Advanced PT When Your Favorite Workouts Aren’t Gaining Results

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IMPROVE MOBILITY & MOTION Physical therapists are experts in improving mobility and motion. Pain-free movement is crucial to your quality of daily life, your ability to earn a living, your ability to pursue your favorite leisure activities, and so much more. For example: • Movement is essential to physical activity, which is necessary to prevent obesity, which is responsible for at least 18% of US adult deaths. • Mobility is crucial for physical independence, and studies suggest that walking alone can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, hip fracture, and knee arthritis, among other benefits. • Consistent movement is vital to maintaining a healthy balance system, which can help prevent costly falls.

Many common aches and pains stem from tight muscles and poor movement. We were made to move and today’s lifestyle of sitting in the car, at work and at home, means tighter muscles. In addition, as we age our connective and muscle tissues naturally become stiffer. Therefore, the older you get, the more important a daily stretching routine becomes. The key to good health is to keep your body flexible. This helps your circulatory, respiratory, lymphatic, and musculoskeletal systems. When your tissues are flexible, normal blood and lymphatic fluids circulate the body easier, oxygenating your tissues properly. This helps you feel energized, relieves pain, and allows you to perform daily tasks without feeling tired. From preventing and reducing back pain to developing a customized exercise regimen, physical therapists help people preserve motion and mobility as they age. However, they are also dealing with the physical challenges that accompany aging, and they are sharing their experiences to demonstrate that physical activity doesn’t have to end with age.

“ Without any other recreational physical activities, walking on average of at least 1 hour per day was associated with a modestly lower risk of breast cancer. More strenuous and longer activities lowered the risk even more. ”

- Dr. Alpha Patel, Senior Epidemiologist American Cancer Society

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