For an AIDS patient, self-pacing is an important safety precaution during exercise. The right kind of exercise will leave the patient feeling energetic, instead of feeling tired and fatigued.
If you feel weak, nauseous or experience joint pain, listen to your body and avoid exercise. Your physical therapist will help you set fitness goals that are realistic, measurable and attainable. The components of fitness include cardiovascular training, flexibility training, resistance training and balance training. Here are a few benefits of physical therapy:
1. Improved capacity to perform daily tasks
Everyone likes to be independent. Physical therapists recognize the need for freedom and mobility for AIDS patients. Patients can live a healthy, happy quality of life without feeling dependent on other individuals.
2. Enhanced cardiovascular fitness
Aerobic exercise improves your body's ability to use oxygen and increases the efficiency of the heart. This allows the patient to participate in physical activity and reduces the tendency to get out of breath.
3. Pain reduction
AIDS patients can develop neuropathy, which involves the nerves. This can result in varying degrees of pain from mild, aching pain to sharp, stabbing pain. Exercise can be a valuable tool in pain reduction, and a physical therapist will guide patients to work within the limits imposed by pain.
Physical therapy has a number of benefits for patients suffering from HIV. In fact, individuals all over the world are embracing the benefits of physical therapy. They are recognizing all the benefits of an experienced, caring physical therapist.
We are here to help every individual in our community. Please reach out to us today, and give us the opportunity to show you how physical therapy can change your life, and the lives of those around you.