Many Americans struggle to maintain a healthy weight. According to the CDC, more than 70% of the US population is diagnosed as obese or being overweight. These conditions increase the risk for health problems including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Our therapeutic weight loss program addresses your physical limitations. Increased weight through the joints can lead to joint pain and decreased mobility from this pain. In our program, patients will receive education, motivation, and accountability for lasting lifestyle changes. With more than 12 years of experience specializing in weight loss, your PT will ensure you are headed in the right direction. Our therapist will provide you an individualized exercise plan based on your abilities and goals. This program will be monitored and progressed for 6-8 weeks, depending on the initial plan of care.
Primary Program Components:
- Dietary education
- Individually prescribed cardiovascular and strengthening exercise program
- Food and exercise logging
It is important to know where you start in order to know how far you progress. Our physical therapist will perform a series of initial tests and measures during your first session including:
- Cardiovascular exercise test
- Functional strength testing
- Range of motion analysis
- Circumference measurements
- Height and weight measurements
- Resting heart and metabolic rate
The results of these tests allow our therapist to design a safe and effective program for you to help reach your goals. This information also serves as objective measures to track over time and compare to initial testing.
Progressive Exercise Prescription
Our physical therapist will prescribe home exercises at the beginning of treatment to empower patients to be pro-active about symptom management. Exercises will be updated throughout treatment as the patient progresses. Additionally, specific exercises will be incorporated in the clinic as part of a comprehensive treatment approach. These may include:
- Postural training: trained in various positions
- Lumbopelvic stabilization: also known as core strengthening
- Functional training: squatting and lifting techniques, push/pull tasks
- Sports specific training: movement patterns that facilitate a return to running, tennis, etc
- Mckenzie exercises: extension based exercises typically used for low back and neck pain