American Heart Month – A Physical Therapist’s Role
February 16, 2021 – As American Heart Month continues, we need to educate ourselves on how we can improve our heart health. There is so much you can do to prevent heart disease. If you read last week’s blog, you learned about risk factors. This week we will be covering different ways Physical Therapists can help you achieve a healthy heart.
Multiple studies have shown exercise improves heart health. Working with a PT can help you increase your exercise tolerance safely. Whether this means grocery shopping without losing your breath or getting back to running another 5K, PT can help you train appropriately to reach these goals safely while keeping your specific cardiac needs in mind.
The presence of a physical therapist to help guide you as you work toward your physical and cardiac fitness goals will help you reach a level of independence in a healthy routine. Physical Therapists have an educational background that includes cardiac anatomy, conditions, and the warning signs associated with cardiac distress just to name a few. This allows patients to work closely with a Physical Therapist to safely reach their heart health goals!
When it comes to improving nutritional health, Physical Therapists are qualified to offer resources needed to achieve nutritional health. Taking small gradual steps to improving diet can address multiple cardiac risk factors.
For more information about pursuing a healthier heart with a Physical Therapist, please reach out to your friends at Witte Physical Therapy! Call us in Louisville at 402-234-3333, in Plattsmouth at 402-298-4747, and in Hooper at 402-654-2121!