We all know that physical activity is important for our overall health and well-being. However, for those of us living with a long-term condition, activity therapy can be of vital importance.
According to the NHS, one in four adults in the UK are living with a long-term health condition. That means that 40% of forty-year-olds are living with a long-term condition. And some people have more than one long-term condition.
Living with a long-term condition can be a real challenge. It can be difficult to manage our symptoms and keep up with our day-to-day lives. This is where activity therapy can really help.
Activity therapy is a form of therapy that uses physical activity to help people with long-term conditions to manage their symptoms and improve their overall health and well-being.
Different types of activity therapy
There are many different types of activity therapy, but all of them involve using physical activity to help people with long-term conditions.
For example, activity therapy can help people with long-term conditions to:
- Improve their fitness
- Increase their strength
- Reduce their pain
- Improve their mental health
- Improve their quality of life
Activity therapy can be used to help people with all sorts of long-term conditions, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and mental health conditions.
If you’re living with a long-term condition, activity therapy can be a great way to help you manage your symptoms and improve your overall health and well-being. Talk to your doctor or health care team about whether activity therapy is right for you.