Health, Wellness and Prevention
By Ann H. Newstead, PT, DPT, PhD
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Happy Spring! Health, wellness and prevention are critical to primary prevention of disease and a wide variety of health conditions. Now is a perfect time of year to focus on a new you!
The American Physical Therapy Association suggests a comprehensive wellness checkup yearly. The Annual Physical Therapy Check-up includes a Personal health profile, Disease risk profile, Physical examination, and Physical functional performance examination. Other special tests may be administered depending on your Personal health profile. Specialized and individualized recommendations are made to you to improve your areas of need.
AHNew Physical Therapy provides you with an individualized activity program to enhance your quality of life by providing strength, endurance, flexibility, balance, pain management, dizziness interventions, and functional training especially to our aging and at-risk populations. By initiating a health and wellness program, you can prevent and defer many of the complications of disease.
We perform examinations, evaluative assessments, critical thinking, movement analyses, and guided our patients/clients in formation of an individual plan of care that leads to improved functional quality of life.
In addition, American Physical Therapy Association has had a few position statements (from 2006-present) that encourage patient/client health, wellness and fitness and management of disease. Health management of patients with disease are also encouraged. Additionally, physical therapists own health and wellness and fitness are advocated as we are examples to the population at large.
More recently (2017) the role of the physical therapists in diet and nutrition was included as a part of health and wellness, primary, secondary and tertiary care and within our scope of practice. Referral to other healthcare professionals is encouraged when special problems are identified.
Here’s wishing you a new you! A happy life is a healthy and active life!