Many people across America struggle with weight, especially in a society where we are constantly bombarded with advertisement for food from fast food, restaurants and food brands at our local super market. It’s easy to fall into bad habits with our nutrition, and if you’re workday is mostly sedentary, weight gain will quickly follow.
Our team works hard daily to help our patients get healthy and weight plays a big role in a person’s overall well being. Our physical therapists can work with you on your journey to lose weight, so be sure to communicate your goals to your PT so the both of you can work together.
Weight Loss Decreases Body Pains
Our bodies are amazing machines that can do so much, but only when we challenge it and keep it shape. Like anything else, if you neglect it, it can fall into disrepair. In this case, your body will start to react differently depending on how much weight you gain and there might be limitations to what can be done.
Some common issues that those overweight might experience include:
- Decreased movement and flexibility
- Decreased endurance for daily activities
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of strength resulting in fatigue
- Hip, knee, ankle, or general joint pain
- Foot pains
Part of the weight loss plan is changing nutritional habits to align with food that is better for you. Think fresh! Consider shopping along the borders of the supermarket for things like fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, and lean healthy meats, and healthy dairy options (all depending on dietary requirements – it’s important to see your doctor prior to changing your nutrition).
The other part of weight loss is an exercise plan. Movement is important. Your body will thank you for it, and you’ll feel better about it too. Our PT’s can work with you to create an individualized exercise plan that will lead to success. Not only will they help you with the plan, they can show you how to properly exercise and how to prevent injury. Many people assume that physical therapy is just for injuries or post-surgery, but this is not true. PT’s are there to help our patients get the most out of life and live pain free.
If you are currently experiencing pain and would like a professional opinion/assessment, sign-up for a FREE Pain Assessment. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment for you to come in and have someone take a look. Our goal is to get you healthy for life!