Physical therapy should not just be about getting better. It should include a process to get your patients HEALTHIER than they were when you started.
Following 5 key elements advocated by The APHPT can help guide us in getting EVERY patient that we interact with HEALTHIER, whether only for an evaluation or for longer lengths of care.
Let's continue with Element #2: FUEL
Nutrition is the area of health that physical therapists have difficulty implementing because they feel they aren’t qualified to speak on the topic. Listen - PTs are not registered dieticians so we cannot prescribe a nutritional plan. But we can DEFINITELY teach the basics and show how proper hydration and nutrition impact our health and bodies. 💥🔥🧠
Eating healthy and having plenty of water also helps our rehab outcomes. So it is a double BONUS!! It also helps complement Element 1 MOVE and Element 3 RECOVER.🙏🏻👏🏻🤙🏻
But make sure you and the patient are realistic. Enjoy some guilty pleasures but always outweighs those with the good stuff! 🥗🥕>🍔🌮🥃🍺
If you're a clinician, check out this great course of how to implement nutrition into PT practice by The Fuel Physio.
Stay tuned for ELEMENT 3️⃣ #RECOVER 🌖💤
Stronger People, Healthier Lifestyles!