Focusing on improved physical functioning and optimal performance using the best technology and tools validates the value of physical therapy and keeps patients engaged and satisfied throughout treatment
Physical therapy treatments, rehabilitation, and intervention improve health, well-being, and quality of life and can lead to optimal physical functioning and performance.
Tracking data and progress throughout a rehab program with objective measures of body composition changes is critical to success
In-depth body composition metrics lead to individualized and targeted nutrition and exercise recommendations and show changes and identify trends, which can be addressed quickly to improve function, mobility, and health
Monitoring and tracking body composition data beginning with baseline assessment provides valuable insight for patients and therapists to create, modify, and measure progress in exercise programs.
Physical therapists can assess the distribution of muscle throughout the body and visualize areas weakened by injury or surgery and make recommendations for training to improve functioning, mobility and strength.
Focusing on improved physical functioning includes a look at muscle mass to establish baseline and monitor trends as patients work through treatments, interventions and rehabilitation.
Protecting muscle mass as we age is important and showing the trajectory can motivate patients during rehabilitation with a focus on strength and resistance training.
The body composition chart (BCC) combines fat mass and skeletal muscle mass in a coordinate system. Looking at the FM and SMM together allows people to visualize where they are and where they are working towards with an intervention with a goal of moving toward preserving or building lean mass while losing fat mass
Fat mass percent is the proportion of fat mass making up body weight and is important as interventions target changes in body composition and reducing body fat
Fat-Free Mass refers to everything in the body which is not fat mass (Water, muscle, and bone) and is a suitable marker to diagnose loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia) or malnutrition
Validated with whole-body MRI, VAT is an important parameter to estimate the unhealthy fat located around the abdominal organs which has an impact on metabolic health.
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