Wellness is generally defined as “a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.” Nothing could be better than that, but how do you do this? Finding ‘balance’ in your life is an every day challenge. There is the quest to find balance between work and family, the balance of your diet, and the goal of balancing your budget. These are all enormous tasks that are ever changing. You can find balance in a single day or week with relative ease, but maintaining that balance over the course of a month, season or calendar year is much more difficult.
We have developed the Wellness Program at Alpine Physical Therapy based on that magical word – balance. Finding balance with your overall health is an enormous task and no two people face the same challenge on the road to wellness. As health care professionals who are experts in the field of physical well-being and who also have the privilege of interacting with our patients on a weekly basis, often over the course of several months, we are in the ideal position to assist our patients in achieving wellness as part of their rehabilitation. Even better, the program is FREE for all Alpine Physical Therapy patients.
So, how does it work?
At your first visit, you will have the opportunity to ask your physical therapist about the wellness program and with their help, determine if you are ready to begin your quest for wellness. Once you have signed up for the program, you will fill out a brief questionnaire covering a variety of lifestyle choices including diet, exercise, stress, drinking and smoking habits then complete a 20 minute wellness screen. The wellness screen will include measurements on BMI, waist to hip ratio, skinfold measurements to determine percent body fat, cardiovascular step-test, blood pressure and resting heart rate, weight and height.
Once a week during the course of your physical therapy sessions, your weight, blood pressure and resting heart rate will be recorded. You will also fill out weekly questionnaires concerning your lifestyle choices for the previous week. You will have the opportunity to discuss your challenges, successes and ask questions about your road to wellness with your physical therapist at each appointment. Every four to six weeks the wellness screen will be repeated and progress results will be explained. If you complete your physical therapy rehabilitation but would like to continue to check your wellness progress, you can return to any one of our three clinics FREE of charge to complete the follow-up wellness screen.
Don’t wait to sign up today. Even if you have been a patient for awhile, ask your PT at Alpine about our Wellness Program. It is never too late to start!
For more information on the Wellness Program at Alpine Physical Therapy, click here for our clinic webpage on the topic.
Alpine Physical Therapy has been taking strides to deliver a more comprehensive health care approach. This was largely manifested with the addition of our Wellness Program in 2011 for our patients and clinic staff.
We are proud to highlight the positive feedback from our participants in their pursuit of wellness beyond their primary orthopedic complaint. Take a look by clicking here.
A recent TED talk by Rebecca Onie, a leading mind in healthcare innovation (click here for a perfect example) got me thinking about how a visit to a physical therapist could potentially be much more than a visit to improve, for example, right knee pain.
Rebecca started Health Leads, a progressive program now implemented in numerous pediatric hospitals that connects patients and their families to community resources to improve many of the root causes of many health problems. Rebecca has recruited and trained college volunteers to help low-income families access food, heat, and other basic needs to improve their daily healthcare while spending time in a waiting room.
Rebecca insists that “At the end of the day, when we measure our healthcare, it will not be by the diseases cured, but by the diseases prevented.”
Be sure to check out a wealth of other inspireing “ideas worth sharing” on the TED talks on the healthcare topics (by clicking here). and on the right hand colunn of our own health blog here at HealthAndFitness101.com.
Be sure to check out our web page on our Wellness Program at Alpine by clicking here.
Alpine Physical Therapy recently launched the Wellness Program at Alpine. Designed by physical therapists, the program is focused on specific physical therapy patients and overseen by our team of physical therapists.
Take a moment to view a brief video by the developer of our Wellness Program, Leah Versteegen, DPT. Learn how this program adds value for our physical therapy patients at Alpine Physical Therapy.
For more information, visit our Wellness Program webpage by clicking here.
As always our customers will now be in receipt of more than they expected at Alpine. Along with ongoing excellent physical therapy services, our clients will also be able to participate in a formal and supervised wellness and weight management program. . . as part of their physical therapy services.
It’s comprehensive. It’s ongoing. And it’s FREE.
Here’s our mission statement for this new add-on service : As part of our comittment to wellness, you will be guided in the fitness component, basic nutrition, and goal tracking of an overall wellness and weight management program.
For the steps we’re taking to help you in this quest, please read the summary statement on our brand new web page by clicking here.
Welcome to the new Wellness Program at Alpine Physical Therapy, and thank you for joining us in striving to optimize your health. As physical therapists, our goal is to provide you with the tools you need to feel great and get the most out of your daily life.
We are choosing to take a little extra time, free of charge, to assist our patients in making the lifestyle modifications most beneficial to their health. Once a week, we record body weight, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, every four weeks, we take body circumference and skin fold measurements to monitor changes in body composition and mass.
We have new participants fill out a brief questionnaire about their food choices, stress management, exercise schedule and other lifestyle choices.This gives us a better idea of what area of wellness participants would most like to focus on.
Our goal in this process is simply to increase peoples’ personal awareness of their lifestyle decisions and the impact these decisions can have on overall health. We also hope to also assist our patients in making the most reasonable and effective lifestyle modifications to help them reach their goals.
At the conclusion of physical therapy, we review the wellness program and help in setting set realistic, long-term goals. After participants complete the program we are available to see them once every eight weeks for a complete wellness screening . . . on us.
Congratulations are in order for those taking this step toward improving their health and wellness. Now get ready to achieve some helpful and healthful goals!
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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