There is a lot of discussion lately about what it means to be healthy. The food industry, for example, has changed a lot in the past 50 years. Prior to the 1960s, we blamed the main cause of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions on fat. Then as more research was done, that blame shifted from fat to sugar, and so eating habits were transformed. But that doesn’t change the fact that in 2017 around 30% of the adult population in the United States was considered obese. Obesity is not only a matter of aesthetics, but it’s related to several health conditions and with mobility problems. Just over half of adults nationally, 51.7%, meet the national Physical Activity Guidelines for aerobic activity (The State of Obesity, 2017), which means the other half of the country is doing very little, if none, physical activities.
The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States is chronic, or noncommunicable, diseases (NCDs). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), of 56.9 million global deaths in 2016, 40.5 million, or 71%, were due to NCDs. The impact of chronic diseases on health and wellness can be significantly altered by individual health and behavior choices or modifications. Furthermore, the burden of chronic diseases goes beyond health and the health care system and may influence an individual’s wellness. By adopting a mentality of using physical therapy to prevent injuries and to promote physical strength, individuals can lower future costs on healthcare.
According to APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Physical therapists (PTs) are “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” It’s known that these professionals have a huge relevance when it comes to improving quality of life, especially for those who have some mobility issues. But it’s not only the injured that should seek a physical therapist; if you need to prevent injuries or age healthier, you can also benefit from working with these professionals. Most people take their health for granted when they are young and when they get old, they realize how taking prevention and early care could have saved thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Although many argue that paying for a physical therapy professional without an injury can be quite expensive, it actually saves even more in the long run and helps the smooth the aging process.
Treating yourself with preventative care when you don’t immediately need it may seem like a waste of time, but things like mobility and autonomy is not something you can buy later in life. Thankfully, a large part of physical therapy is designed to help patients lives better lives and point them in the right direction when it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle.
We, at MIO, believe that physical therapy is essential to promoting and increasing everyone’s quality of life. We believe that people should be able to age well, prevent injuries, and have the ability to move, without spending thousands of dollars in healthcare. With that regard, we are proud to announce our partnership with the California Physical Therapy Association (CPTA) and help all physical therapists to achieve better outcomes for their patients’.