CNPT Cited and Acknowledged in the Japanese Medical Association Journal and the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Nutrition

By Dr. Sean Wells, DPT, PT, OCS, ATC/L, CSCS, CNPT, Cert-DN

I am humbled and honored to have my courses cited and acknowledged in the Japanese Medical Association Journal and the Japanese Association of Rehabilitation Nutrition. The authors cite my courses as a vital step forward for US PTs and the APTA in emphasizing nutrition for physical therapy practice. 

In this free, full-text position paper the authors emphasize the data on how nutrition and PT can impact conditions like sarcopenia, quality of life, and PT goals. With exercise being a core component of our interventions, nutrition must also play a role in the rehabilitation process. From improvements in quality of life (QOL), health, and physical functions, incorporating nutrition with PT practice is important and impactful. The authors also highlight the need of PTs to evaluate nutrition status and the importance of working with a team, including dieticians, physicians, and nurses. 

In the end the Japanese Medical...

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Congestive Heart Failure and Nutrition

By Dr. Sean M. Wells, PT, DPT, ATC/L, OCS, CSCS, CNPT, Cert-DN

Cardiac physical therapy is a rewarding area of PT practice that takes precision, complex thinking, and a team of specialists working toward a common goal. Often patients in cardiac rehabilitation present with chest pain (angina), ischemic heart disease, stents, bypass surgeries, and/or heart failure.

Doctors of physical therapy do their best to push these patients to maximize their endurance, functioning, and cardiac capability. We often do this through various interventions like treadmill exercises, stepping, strengthening, and breathing techniques.  After a recent study, nutrition may be one of those interventions that PTs need to focus more on.

New Study

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found a correlation with plant-focused diets, like the MIND and Mediterranean diets, with left ventricular function. Specifically the researchers looked at cohort sample of 2,512 patients from...

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