Exercise as Medicine

At Mend, we provide every patient with an individualized exercise program specific to their condition.   These programs are focused to deliver optimal results in the least amount of time possible.  Exercise is one of our most powerful interventions to eliminate pain and restore function without the use of more risky medications or surgery.  The American College of Sports Medicine has launched an Exercise is Medicine campaign to heighten the awareness of this powerful tool.  In addition, evidence continues to mount on the beneficial effects of exercise on our physical, mental, and emotional health, as well as, its' impact on many chronic illnesses. 

A recent literature review in the Scandanavian Journal of Medicine and Sports in Exercise highlighted the evidence behind the use of exercise on 26 chronic health conditions from Depression to Dementia (Pedersen et al. 2015).  The authors explained the exercise parameters most effective to combat each disease, as well as, the evidence on how exercise may impact the development and progression of each disease.  A list of the 26 conditions can be found below.  To learn more about how you can utilize exercise to help treat your condition contact your local Physical Therapist.

Psychiatric Diseases
     Depression
     Anxiety
     Stress
     Schizophrenia
Neurological Diseases
     Dementia
     Parkinson's Disease
     Multiple Sclerosis
Metabolic Diseases
     Obesity
     Hyperlipidemia
     Metabolic Syndrome
     Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
     Type I and II Diabetes
Cardiovascular Diseases
     Cerebral Apoplexy
     Hypertension
     Coronary Heart Disease
     Heart Failure
     Intermittent Claudication
Pulmonary Diseases
     COPD
     Asthma
     Cystic Fibrosis
Musculoskeletal Disorders
     Osteoarthritis
     Osteoporosis
     Back Pain
     Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cancer