Physical Therapy in Sarasota Florida for AIDS/HIV Patients

Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). It is a worldwide issue that can trigger a severe impact on the individual’s emotional, physical & mental state. December 1st is deemed World AIDS day. Progress in medicine now allows AIDS to be managed more effectively. People with HIV are living longer than those afflicted over 30 years ago. Antiretroviral drugs are allowing people who suffer with HIV to live out a full and natural lifespan. This allows many to maintain a reasonable quality of life as the disease progresses, but many others may develop health conditions or complications. Physical therapy is an important part of the overall treatment process.

Physical Therapy for AIDS/HIV: It CAN Help!

The course of AIDS will last a lifetime and can take shape in a variety of ways. It can have a mild effect or it can progress rapidly & be devastating. The Physical Therapists at Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy have specialty training in recognizing muscle, joint & mobility deficits in AIDS clients throughout its different progressive stages. Exercise, strength, posture and active isolated stretching therapy are important aspects of AIDS treatment. We will develop a customized and individualized program to assist clients with improving their abilities to handle day to day activities. Our Physical Therapy treatment can help maximize natural energy levels, muscular strength, muscular endurance, posture, and balance.

Quality Rather Than Quantity…

Exercise therapy can consist of  aerobic exercises or resistance training. Being active can give you better energy levels, improve your self confidence, make you stronger and tolerate activity better. Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy will focus on quality rather than quantity to get results. A well designed exercise program can allow clients to obtain optimal outcomes in less time.

Aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise includes exercises that raise the heart rate & promotes greater blood flow. Activities include speed walking, walking uphill, jogging, running, jump rope, cycling, stair master, and swimming. This type of exercises burns calories and improves your metabolism. It is a ‘fat burning’ activity. Sometimes it’s good to have an exercise buddy because in a group-like setting, light to moderate aerobic exercise promotes a sense of community & can motivate people to be consistent and accountable.

Resistance training includes exercises where the individual uses weights or some form of resistance such as elastic bands or tubes. Shrinking muscles (muscular atropy) & a compromised immune system is common with AIDS patients. These factors can lead to an elevated risk of infections as well as an inability to perform exercise. A top way to promote strength is with a simple, progressive resistance exercise program (PRE). No fancy equipment or even weights are needed. Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy will develop this PRE program for you and supply you with TheraBand or teach you how to use your own body weight as a form of resistance training. Resistance training exercises will elevate one’s strength, muscular endurance, posture and balance.

Listen to Your Body…

For an AIDS patient, treatment should be stressed to be gentle and progressive. Do NOT overdo it. Safety precaution should be observed throughout the daily exercise routine and with its progression. Performance of the appropriately designed exercise plan will allow the client to feel energized, instead of worn out, malaised and fatigued. Our goal is for you to ‘want’ to perform your routine, not to ‘have’ to do it.

Always listen to your body. Nobody knows your body better than you do. If your feeling excessively weak, experiencing nausea or vomiting, or if you have abnormal pain, listen to your body & hold off from exercising. One of our PT’s from our clinic will develop goals that are realistic, and attainable. Fitness consists of: cardiovascular training, flexibility training, resistance training and balance training. We are your local experts in fitness. Not only do we have licensed physical therapists on staff, but also have the following: personal training, licensed massage therapy, nutritionist, strength coach, certified balance physical therapy, occupational therapy, certified active isolated stretching clinicians and more. Physical Therapy in Sarasota Florida for AIDS/HIV patients is being redefined by Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy. Here are a few benefits of our physical therapy program:

1. Elevated Independence to Perform Daily Activity:

PT’s understand the desire for movement, strength and balance for individuals with AIDS. People with AIDS can live a healthy, enjoyable life without feeling dependent on friends and family. We want you to be as independent as possible.

2. Endurance, Strength, & Ability:

Aerobic exercise substantially elevates your capability to utilize oxygen & improves the effectiveness of the heart. With improved cardiovascular fitness, the client will be able to partake in activity for longer duration with decreased frequency and duration of being short of breath.

3. Pain Relief:

Neuropathy (nerve pain) can occur in AIDS patients. Neuropathy symptoms can be mild or they can be severe and life changing. Achy, sharp, stabbing, heavy, tired, burning, and freezing are all words used to describe neuropathy. Our state of the art revolutionary equipment such as ETPS, Fenzian, and ML830 Laser are FDA approved and can promote an underlying cellular healing thus eliminating symptoms of neuropathy. Exercise can also be an important method of pain reduction & our PT’s will have the primary goal of pain reduction in mind when implementing exercise therapy.

Physical Therapy in Sarasota Florida for AIDS/HIV patients has a number of benefits. People worldwide are embracing the benefits of PT. These same people are recognizing all the benefits of an experienced, well trained, and educated physical therapist.

Back In Motion Sarasota Physical Therapy wants to help every individual in our community. Call us today at (941)925-2700 & let us show you how physical therapy can change your life, and the lives of those around you.

About the Author Tim Burnell, PT

Tim Burnell is the Lead Physical Therapist at Back In Motion Sarasota. He has over two decades of clinical experience. He takes pride in getting to the root of the problem which helps get his clients better...Faster! He is a family man & enjoys spending time with the love of his life, Monique. He has 2 children & a dog named Annie. Tim's son, Andre' is 11 years old and his daughter Joliebelle (nicknamed Pooky) is 7 years old. He enjoys visiting his wife's side of the family in New Orleans and his side of the family in Vermont. Tim grew up in Vermont, went to Physical Therapy School in Alabama, got his first job at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans and moved to Sarasota Florida after Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

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