October is National Physical Therapy Month, and Lake Regional is joining forces with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to encourage people to learn about the many benefits of physical activity and physical therapy.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than 80 percent of adults and adolescents do not get enough physical activity. Exercise guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise most adults to get at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise weekly at a moderate intensity or 75 minutes of aerobic activity weekly at a vigorous intensity. If chronic pain or a condition hinders a person’s ability to participate in physical activities, physical therapy may help.
“Physical therapy helps people with movement problems caused by a wide range of conditions,” said Courtney Hulett, P.T., Lake Regional’s Rehab Therapy director. “It can improve mobility, reduce pain and help maximize a person’s ability to perform daily activities.”
Physical therapy may help people who have:
- Sports- and work-related injuries.
- Back and neck problems.
- Sprains, strains and other orthopedic-related problems.
- Neurological problems, including certain stroke-related disabilities, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
- Chronic pain.
According to APTA, physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care and patient education. Physical therapy is a safe and effective treatment for long-term pain management. Physical therapists design custom treatment plans to improve range of motion, muscle weakness, gait and balance, aerobic capacity and endurance, orthopedic issues, and more. At Lake Regional Health System, physical therapy services are available for both pediatric and adult patients.
Prioritize Physical Activity
Regular exercise can improve your overall health. According to the CDC and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), regular exercise can:
- Reduce your risk for health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and osteoporosis.
- Reduce some of the effects of aging.
- Relieve symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Increase your energy, endurance and metabolism.
- Help you sleep better.
- Ease arthritis pain.
- For older adults, exercise can also reduce the risk of falls.
“Physical activity should be a priority in your life,” Hulett said. “If pain is preventing you from exercising, seek help. Physical therapists are here with options to make exercise possible again.”
Lake Regional provides physical therapy in Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach. To schedule an appointment with a Lake Regional physical therapist, ask your doctor for a referral or call 573.302.2230. Visit lakeregional.com/pt to learn more.
Sources: American Physical Therapy Association; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, and AAFP