In the second tip of the Medical Exercise Training 101 e-book series, Dr. Mike, a physical therapist with over 30 years of experience, addresses a crucial aspect of Medical Exercise Training (MET) – its understanding and utilization by physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors.
Key Insights from MET 101 Tip 2:
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The Medical Exercise Training client is usually somewhere between 25 and 80 years of age. They have a chronic medical condition but they are "medically stable". Their blood pressure, blood glucose, pain, swelling, etc are all managed to allow participation in a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise without exacerbation of their condition. The medical management is provided by physicians, therapists, chiropractors, nurses, etc using indicated medications or procedures. The MET client must be "medically stable" to begin exercise.
The MET session should include some combination of strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, stability and functional training. Prior to beginning exercise the client should undergo a MET assessment including medical history and screening along with an appropriate regional assessment. The assessment allows the MedXPRO to identify residual functional deficits. These and other findings from the assessment are used to develop an...
Medical Exercise Specialists will become more important in the management of chronic disease over the next 20 years. The Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) program began in 1994 as an attempt to provide safe and effective exercise for patients discharged from physical therapy. Since 1994 the need for medical exercise/post rehab training has continued to grow.
The Medical Exercise Specialist is the new health professional. The MES has evolved beyond “personal trainer”. Completion of a thorough education in exercise management of medical conditions is required to obtain the title. Medical Exercise Specialists provided a wide range of services but never in an effort to replace licensed medical professionals. The role of the MES is to: 1) deliver safe and effective exercise for medical conditions; 2) effectively communicate with medical professionals; 3) document functional outcomes and 4) provide wellness and lifestyle education.
The education necessary to fulfill...
Healthcare is changing rapidly and Covid will speed those changes. Medical exercise training (MET) will continue to grow but there is a need for MedXPROs to complete comprehensive and detailed MET education leading to competence and confidence to integrate exercise into the medical management process.
The integration will require MedXPROs to:1) develop safe and effective exercise protocols for individual medical conditions; 2) utilize and report functional outcome measures; 3) document client progress and 4) communicate effectively with medical professionals. These are just a few of the skills needed to apply this new modality - Medical Exercise Training.
Medical Exercise Training (MET) is here to stay. It’s the new modality in managing medical conditions. If you are a fitness professionals and would like to develop the skills and knowledge to use exercise to enhance the function of clients with medical conditions join us and start "Bridging the Gap Between Health Care and Fitness" by becoming a Medical Exercise Specialist. Go to MedicalExerciseSpecialist.com for details. Click here to learn more about Medical Exercise Training....The New Modality.
Medical Exercise Training (MET) is growing rapidly. This new profession needs as MedXPROs as possible to share their experiences, outcomes. successes, failures and challenges with others to grow our profession. MET will have a huge impact on health care and wellness of our planet over the next 20 years. Gathering information from MedXPROs in the field is vitally important.
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Hey Medical Exercise Professionals…..This is the final in the "Bridging the Gap with Total Knee Replacement" series. In this segment we review a couple of specific techniques to recruit/activate the quadriceps and stretch the knee. REMEMBER....leave the acute management to the physicians and therapists. They will make your job easier if they have managed their roles and responsibilities appropriately.
The swelling is the major limitation in the early stages. The swelling should be at a minimal level when MET begins. If the client is limited to less than 90 degrees of flexion and unable to achieve full extension, refer the client back to the therapist or contact the therapist o develop an appropriate training program. Terms you need to become familiar with are extensor lag and patella mobility. The extensor lag is a combo of quad weakness/lack of fiber recruitment, swelling and lack of flexibility and connective tissue pliablity. The therapist should address these...
Medical Exercise Specialists…..total joint replacements will become a bigger part of your practices over the next 20 years. This is a continuation of the earlier blog post working with a total knee replacement client. Weight bearing status is important when working with TKRs. Upon discharge from the hospital the client is usually weight bearing to tolerance. After the surgery, the physician wants the client up within the first 24 hours walking with a walker weight bearing to their tolerance.
After the replacement, the knee is severely swollen with significant pain. The knee is usually wrapped and partially immobilized in extension. Pain management and safe ambulation are the focus in the hospital. Discharge occurs within 24 - 48 hours of the surgery. Depending on the client's home situation and family support, along with their weight bearing and ambulatory status, the client will go home or to a skilled nursing facility (SNF). If the client is discharged to their home,...
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