“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.”
INTRODUCTION: Exercise is Medicine® (EIM), a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), encourages primary care physicians and other health care providers to include physical activity when designing treatment plans and to refer patients to qualified exercise professionals for evidence-based exercise programs.
The belief that physical activity promotes optimal health, is integral in the prevention and treatment of many medical conditions and should be regularly assessed and included as part of over all health care.Prescribing physical activity in the right “dosage” is highly effective in the prevention, treatment and management of the most common chronic health conditions encountered. Health care providers, particularly those in primary care, are encouraged to assess patients’ physical activity records during their visits and to conclude the visit with an exercise "prescription" where needed.
Exercise is Medicine® Australia published these scientifically based facts on how increased physical activity can benefit health?
These are just some of the important benefits of exercise. The list is a lot more extensive when it comes to postural corrections, management of pain, conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis, sport specific injuries or conditioning, exercising during pregnancy and work-place wellness, to name a few.
How is osteoarthritis diagnosed? A health professional can generally diagnose OA on the basis of reported symptoms and physical examination of the joint. Several tests can aid in diagnosis. X-rays may show narrowing of the joint space (from cartilage loss), bony outgrowths, thickening of the bone under the cartilage or joint misalignment. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan can demonstrate early changes in the cartilage that cannot be seen on X-rays, and changes in other joint structures such as ligaments. A full blood count might be normal, but these measures can be important to rule out other inflammatory conditions.
How does exercise help?In children and inactive adults with low bone mass, adding regular exercise improves mass. In normally active adults, exercise helps to prevent typical age-related loss of bone. Exercise can improve the shape and quality of bones to make them stronger. Exercise increases muscle strength and improves balance, which reduce the risk of falling and consequent complications.