Physical Therapy and Your Heart
February 3, 2022
Valentine’s Day isn’t the only reason to celebrate hearts in February – it is also American Heart Month. There are many types of heart disease, including hypertension (high blood pressure), coronary artery disease (which can lead to a heart attack), and cerebrovascular disease (stroke). Read the rest of our blog post: Physical Therapy and Your Heart.
The good news is that many forms of heart disease can be prevented by making lifestyle changes, including quitting smoking, improving nutrition habits, and reducing stress in your everyday life.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the risk of heart disease is by getting active. Cardiovascular and aerobic activity is vital for heart health.
Here are a few essential things to know about physical therapy and your heart:
- The American Heart Association recommends five 30-minute sessions of moderate exercises each week.
- The benefits of regular cardio include strengthening your heart and blood vessels, improving the flow of oxygen throughout your body, lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, and reducing your risk of heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and even some kinds of cancer.
Not sure where to start? There are a lot of different cardiovascular activities that can get your heart pumping. Walking, jogging, biking, swimming, and dancing are all great options. If you’re still unsure what to do or how to do it, physical therapy can get you moving again and keep you moving!
We all know that regular exercise is good for our health. Taking those first steps can be intimidating, even more so if you are experiencing pain or have a recurring injury. It’s not uncommon that pain in the back, neck, knee, shoulder or other joints and muscles sidelines a person for an extended period. In many cases, that periodic injury can lead to permanent inactivity.
Physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts. They can help you get started or get back to exercising, and they can create appropriate exercise programs for people of all ability levels.
PT’s can get you moving again by:
- Assessing and diagnosing the root cause of pain and injury.
- Treating problem areas with customized plans of care that can include a wide range of clinical approaches, including manual therapy, exercises and stretches, dry-needling, and more.
- Teaching correct form and posture to ensure that you perform exercises correctly to prevent future injuries.
Don’t let pain stop you from achieving your goals, especially when it comes to your heart health. Getting back into a routine of exercising can be a vital part of preventing heart disease down the road. Physical therapy can get you back into action and keep you moving.
If you are decreasing or avoiding activity due to pain, know that in most cases, you can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. We can assess your symptoms and let you know if physical therapy is right for you.
Call us to schedule an appointment: 970-339-0011.