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.
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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