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Can my physiotherapist help me with a weight loss plan?

Posted in General, Health & Fitness

Can my physiotherapist help me with a weight loss plan?

Being at a healthy weight is key to a person’s wellbeing. As part of the treatment process for injuries or pain, the physiotherapists at our Stittsville office can help with suggestions for reaching your weight-loss goals. 

Are body weight and pain linked?

In many patients we treat, weight and pain are often linked.

Being over a healthy weight can cause undue stress and pain to the joints and muscles, including the lower back and extremities. Being over weight can also impact normal activities producing other symptoms that may include:

  • Reduced endurance – even for normal, day-to-day activities
  • Minimized flexibility
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Trouble with breathing
  • Unusual fatigue

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our physiotherapists can help with both treating the issue and consulting on improvements to your lifestyle to help manage your weight better.

How can a physiotherapist help to reduce weight?

There are two key elements that impact weight.

EATING – Healthy eating is important to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight for your body. It's about managing the intake of calories. Our physiotherapists can help with suggestions for basic lifestyle changes – like helping identify the basics of healthy eating. We can also work collaboratively with your doctor or nutritionist to support a healthy diet with treatment.

EXERCISE – To help you manage the burning of calories in the most efficient, safe way through movement, our physiotherapists can help by developing a plan with instructions on proper exercise strategies to maximize weight-loss gains and help prevent injuries.

As you start to achieve your goals, the plan we develop will adjust to help you establish exercise as a regular part of your daily and weekly routine.

What is the first step?

The first step towards your weight loss goals is to make an appointment to talk to a physiotherapist at MotionWorks in Stittsville. We'll explore how you feel, where you are experiencing pain or physical stress, and how your weight might be contributing.

From there, we'll create a plan designed for you and your body working towards reduced weight and improved health and overall well-being.

Lose weight and make 2020 your healthiest year yet!

Give us a call to book an appointment. This year, let's work together to make your goals for health a reality.

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