physiotherapy for weight loss

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what is physiotherapy for weight loss?

Most people understand ‘Physiotherapy’ as a set of methods that heal muscular or bone injury. While this definition is true to some extent, this is not the complete one. Apart from the commonly known uses like healing post-injury muscles and bones, physiotherapy can help in a number of ways like treating neurological and cardiopulmonary disease. Health experts also recommend physiotherapy for weight loss.

Unlike other weight loss programs like going to the gym, physiotherapy is a relatively sophisticated method. Also, it can even be used by people who are unable to move their specific body parts due to some kind of ailments. Weight loss by physiotherapy is a safer method, as it is done under the supervision of a trained and experienced physician.

who needs it?

This a common question that comes into people’s minds when they have bodyweight issues. It is always good to know everything about physiotherapy before going to a therapist. Here are a few conditions that can tell you that you immediately need physiotherapy for weight loss:

  • Flexibility Problems: If you are having flexibility issues due to some injury or ailments, other methods to lose weight can be a little stretching to your body. In such a condition, it is good to go for physiotherapy.
  • Endurance levels:  If your endurance levels are imbalanced for some reason, you will not be able to properly lose weight. Physiotherapy can be a good companion in such a condition.
  • Heaviness in breath: Medical conditions like asthma can cause heaviness in breath when you exercise or do some strenuous work that burns calories. Physiotherapy can be a good resort for people with lungs or breathing problems.
  • Fatigue and lost strength: Injuries like major accidents can leave a permanent effect on your body. After injury-traumas, people start feeling fatigued or start losing strength even after minutes of weight loss exercises. If you opt for physiotherapy, weight loss will not fatigue.

what to expect during physiotherapy for weight loss?

There are people who get overwhelmed by the idea of choosing physiotherapy even before having it first-hand. If you are someone who does not know enough about how physiotherapy for weight loss works but is curious to know, here are a few methods and exercises you can expect:

Aerobic activity: There are a number of aerobic activities suggested by physiotherapists to lose weight. The main feature of aerobic activities is that they increase the mobility of your body. A few examples of aerobic activities are: 

  • Bicycling
  • Swimming
  • Step aerobic
  • Jumping rope
  • Jogging
  • Walking 
  • Bouncing on trampoline
  • Elliptical training

Strength training: Apart from moderate aerobic activities, physiotherapists also suggest strength training activities that burn calories at a relatively faster rate. However, these training activities are suggested doing only twice or thrice a week to people with lesser physical strengths. In addition, you may also be advised to lift light weights for physiotherapy. For this, you will have to use physio weights suitable for weight loss. A few examples of strength training activities are:

  • Single-Leg Squat With Towel
  • Jump Squats
  • Forward Lunges
  • One-Legged Cable Kickback
  • Side-Lying Hip Abduction
  • Lying Leg Adduction
  • Physiotherapy Ankle Weights
  • Bicycle Crunch
  • Leg Raise Bent Knee
  • V Sit Ups
  • Supported Crunches
  • Butterfly Crunches

how can portea help?

Though there are many physiotherapists working out there for people, choosing the right one for you can quite be a daunting task. There are many factors to keep in mind before choosing the therapist, e.g. experience, specialty, time-slot, and availability. 

Portea can help you in such a condition. Here are the ways in which Portea can help you if you are looking for a physiotherapist to lose weight:

  • You can opt for a consultation that suits your timings. Pick-up a time slot and check on Portea 
  • Our physiotherapists are equipped with the most up-to-dated medical apparatus. You can rely on Portea when it comes to having the advanced machinery.
  • Our physiotherapists are well experienced and empathetic to patients. If you are bothering about how the physiotherapist will treat you, or will she/he be experienced enough, we have already done that job for you.
  • With Portea, our physiotherapists will able to have a check on you digitally.
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