Movement is Medicine for Physical and Mental Health

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Dr. Nekita Sullivan
September 11, 2023
Movement is Medicine for Physical and Mental Health

Movement is Medicine for Physical and Mental Health

The phrase "movement is medicine" is a common concept in physical therapy and healthcare. It emphasizes the therapeutic benefits of movement and exercise in maintaining and improving physical and mental health and wellness. Physical therapists often use movement and exercise as a key component of their treatment plans to help individuals recover from injuries, manage chronic conditions, and improve overall well-being. Here are some key principles related to the idea that "movement is medicine" in physical therapy:

·        Promotion of Mobility: Physical therapists work to improve a patient's mobility and functional abilities through various exercises and movements. This can include activities like stretching, strengthening exercises, and balance training.

·        Pain Management: For many musculoskeletal conditions, movement and exercise can help alleviate pain. Physical therapists often design exercise programs that target specific areas of pain or discomfort to reduce symptoms and improve function.

·        Prevention: Movement and exercise can play a crucial role in preventing injuries and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Physical therapists may provide guidance on proper body mechanics, posture, and exercises to reduce the risk of injury.

·        Rehabilitation: After surgery, injury, or illness, movement-based interventions are often a central part of the rehabilitation process. Patients work with physical therapists to regain strength, flexibility, and function.

·        Chronic Condition Management: Movement-based interventions are also used to manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Regular physical activity can help control symptoms and improve overall health.

·        Mental Health Benefits: Physical activity is not only beneficial for physical health but can also have positive effects on mental well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

·        Individualized Treatment Plans: Physical therapists assess each patient's unique needs, goals, and limitations to create personalized treatment plans. These plans may include a variety of movement-based interventions tailored to the individual.

It's important to note that the specific treatment approach and exercises recommended by a physical therapist will depend on the individual's condition, goals, and medical history. Therefore, it's crucial for individuals to consult with a qualified physical therapist to receive personalized guidance and care. The phrase "movement is medicine" underscores the idea that, in many cases, therapeutic movement and exercise can be a powerful tool for promoting and maintaining good physical and mental health.

Dr. Nekita Sullivan is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Yoga Therapy Bar. She has 20 plus years of experience. Yoga Therapy Bar is proud to offer physical therapy, yoga, Pilates, and wellness services in downtown Clemson, virtually, and off-site to Upstate residents. Physical therapy services are 1 hour in duration one-on-one. Pricing options include a flat fee for one treatment or a package fee for multiple treatments. No referral is needed. There are no insurance limitations. Appointments are available the same week. Handicapped parking is just outside of the front door. Email Dr. Nekita Sullivan at for details. You can also check us out on the web and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Linked In.  #physicaltherapyClemson #movementismedicine #bodyandmind#holistic #yogaClemson #PilatesClemson #WellnessClemson

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