Exercise is good medicine?
Harms of insufficient activity vs benefits of exercise
An analysis of the causes of premature death found that 6.4% did not exercise, 11.3% did not eat fruits and vegetables, and 5.3% did not drink alcohol. Comparing inactive and smoking groups, inactive mortality was comparable to smoking. Mortality from inactivity is comparable to smoking
150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week could prevent 15% of premature deaths globally, equivalent to 3.9 million people per year. In China, 1.01 million premature deaths could be prevented each year.
Exercise can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, breast and colon cancer, depression, and falls. Taking cardiovascular disease as an example, the importance of regular exercise for healthy people is as important as controlling the "three highs".
Patients already suffering from cardiovascular disease often ask: I have heart disease, can I still exercise?
The answer is yes! Not just "can exercise," but "should exercise." For patients with heart disease, the importance of exercise is particularly prominent. At this time, exercise can be called "cardiac rehabilitation" and is a very important treatment method.
We therefore know that all people should participate in physical activity on a regular basis, and that society has a responsibility to advocate for the widest possible participation in physical activity. However, changes in occupational, transportation and recreational behaviors brought about by technological innovations are changing physical activity patterns and increasing sedentary behaviors around the world. According to statistics, about 27.5% of adults worldwide do not exercise enough, and this figure is 81% in adolescents.
We encourage everyone to participate in physical activity and exercise. At the patient level, exercise is not just a lifestyle choice, it can come in the form of "drugs" in medical care. As a medical worker, you need to understand the indications and contraindications of this "drug". Time, frequency, dose...
Moderation is the best.
Areas of Practice of Physiotherapy
The human body is a complex system made up of hundreds of bones and joints as well as miles of muscles and ligaments all working in balance. When accident or illness affects your body, your physiotherapist, a university-trained medical professional, can restore mobility.
Working closely with physicians, physiotherapists help people in hospitals and clinics. You'll also ﬁnd physiotherapists in neighbourhood schools, public health units, home and long-term care programs and sports medicine clinics.
To ﬁnd your nearest Body Specialist, use our Find a Physio search option.
Physiotherapists treat the whole body and with ongoing clinical research, physiotherapists continue to develop techniques to prevent and treat physical injury and disorder.
May is National Physiotherapy Month!
This year, we are going to use National Physiotherapy Month to highlight the important role physiotherapy can play in aiding patients recovering from Long COVID.
Over the month of May, PABC will share useful resources from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) and Long COVID experts as we seek to support the CPA's efforts to "emphasize the contribution of highly skilled Canadian physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants, physiotherapy technologists, and physiotherapy students and residents who are supporting and enabling Long COVID recovery in Canada."