Your physical therapist has a wide variety of methods, techniques and treatments that can be incorporated into an exercise program for your heart. Your exercise program will factor in your current fitness level and any chronic conditions or limitations. It will be individualized and be adjustable to accommodate your changing needs.
Clinical Pilates, aerobic exercises, and yoga are all beneficial for heart health. Manual manipulation may be employed if you are restricted to a wheelchair or bed or have other limitations that create a situation in which you’re not fully able to participate in exercise on your own.
Hydrotherapy is a method that adds an extra level of enjoyment to exercise sessions. You’ll exercise in water that buoys the body, thereby reducing the weight and gravity that’s placed upon your body for easier movement. It’s particularly effective and beneficial if you also have joint pain or COPD. Hydrotherapy acts as mild resistance training and soothes away stress that contributes to heart conditions.
Therapeutic massage is beneficial for relieving stress, improving circulation and improving sleep, all of which are beneficial for your heart. The therapy boosts the immune system, aids in reducing blood pressure, and is an integral part of stress or anger management plans and smoking cessation programs.
Your physical therapist can provide recommendations on nutrition, dietary supplements and weight loss programs for heart health. Assistance is available with mobility aids if you’ve had a cardiac event and are getting back in shape or undergoing rehabilitation. Your therapist can also help with lifestyle changes to benefit cardiac health.
Your physical therapist is an expert in body movement and can create a customized program of exercise and nutrition to strengthen your heart, keep it healthy and build endurance. Lowering your risk of cardiac related problems is just one of the benefits of physical therapy and can keep your heart healthy for life.