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Physical Therapys role in Health, Wellness, & Fitness

Physical Therapists may be known traditionally for their role in rehabilitation; however physical therapists play an important role in prevention, health maintenance, and in the promotion of health, wellness and fitness. Within the health and wellness industry, you may find physical therapists working in personal training studios, gyms, fitness centers, athletic facilities, and in corporate or industrial health centers.

Physical Therapists are movement specialists with an advanced clinical knowledge of the human muscular and skeletal system. Physical therapists diagnose and treat all types of movement problems. They also maintain and promote optimal physical function, wellness, fitness, and quality of life as it relates to movement and health.

There is a movement in physical therapy in general that focuses on prevention rather than treatment. Physical therapists working within the field of health, wellness and fitness have an incredible opportunity to help individuals improve their health, well-being, and quality of life. Providing expert exercise program design along with nutritional and lifestyle guidance can make a huge impact on individuals with existing health concerns and/or people who are just interested in maintaining or improving their current health. Not only will the individual’s health, vitality and quality of life increase but health care costs over the long term will be substantially reduced with preventative care.

Both people with existing injuries or illnesses and those with no health issues at all may choose a physical therapist as their guide to design a weekly exercise regimen and to provide them with helpful tips on lifestyle choices such as nutrition, sleep, and stress reduction. Employers may hire a physical therapist to teach their staff safe lifting techniques or to set up their workstations optimally to improve posture and decrease worksite injuries.

If you are searching for expert guidance for your health, wellness and/or fitness concerns, consider a physical therapist as your practitioner of choice.

Kristine Battey is a licensed physical therapist, a certified athletic trainer, a certified strength and conditioning specialist (personal trainer) and a holistic lifestyle coach. She owns Divine Health & Fitness and can be reached at (208) 946-7072.

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