Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of wellbeing. PTs are uniquely qualified to reduce injury and disability by promoting healthy lifestyles, wellness, and injury prevention. Aftercare programs including personal fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Nutrition, and Stress management all have been shown to help reduce stress and tension, improve circulation, improve healing, improve posture and improve everyday function.
Nutritional interventions are alone useful tools to improve overall health outcomes in patients and specifically reduce inflammation. Low-grade inflammation and oxidative stress underlie chronic inflammatory issues like osteoarthritis. Furthermore, there is substantial evidence to suggest that a healthy pattern of eating may decrease the risk of depression as well. Diet and nutrition are key components in many conditions managed by PTs and can directly affect recovery and function. We will work with you to screen and educate you or refer you to a qualified registered dietician who can continue to further your goals.
Stress has both the ability to alleviate pain through the chemical release of endogenous opioids and other “happy” chemicals or amplify pain. With the latter, pain is often a result of increased emotional stress. With elevated levels of stress, it is believed that the brain may alter the immune system, increasing pro-inflammatory chemicals. Balancing stressful activities with things that help you relax can help offset this connection between pain and stress. Some strategies including diaphragmatic breathing exercises, mindfulness exercises, regular physical activities, relaxation techniques, and improving sleep hygiene.