Improving Veterans’ mental health through physical therapy


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Exercise and physical activity are essential to both a healthy body and mind. Just ask Kerry Schofield, a Vietnam Veteran who’s making the most of VA’s MOVE! Weight Management Program. He and his wife do gym sessions three times a week with one of our many physiotherapists, and it’s had positive effects on his mental health.

“If you can get the body feeling better, the head follows,” said Mr. Schofield.

People with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can benefit from the program, even though it’s focused on helping Veterans lose and maintain weight. Through increased physical activity, healthy eating and other behavior change approaches, participants activate chemicals in their brains that promote happiness. It’s truly a win-win situation.

An important aspect of this effort is our physical therapists, who use the latest advances in rehabilitative treatment to help patients regain mobility and functional independence. This kind of career comes with matchless fulfillment, as you’re giving back to men and women who’ve given so much for our country. Plus, our physical therapists enjoy outstanding benefits, including generous paid time off and other perks that support a healthy work-life balance. It’s all part of serving America’s Veterans.

Interested in joining our team? Explore our current opportunities and apply today.

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  1. Horace    

    I kike all of your comments and responses, particularly how physical therapy is helpful. Deborah, please return to the “hospital” and schedule to meet with Compensation, and use the following follow up visits for helpful referrals, particularly the VA Centers in your community. I hope this helps.

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    An important aspect of this effort is our physical therapists, who use the latest advances in rehabilitative treatment to help patients regain mobility and functional independence. This kind of career comes with matchless fulfillment, as you’re giving back to men and women who’ve given so much for our country.

  3. Ratia    

    People with issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can benefit from the program, even though it’s focused on helping Veterans lose and maintain weight. Through increased physical activity, healthy eating and other behavior change approaches, participants activate chemicals in their brains that promote happiness. It’s truly a win-win situation.

  4. Donna Migdal    

    Consider #saferpainrelief as an adjunct to Physical Therapy. There are products and exercises that will combat pain without having to prescribe to addictive opiates.

  5. Deborrah Hann    

    My Brother is about to give up on VA on Phoenix! He’s had enough! He suffers with PTSD and other health issues. I called the Veterans Crisis line they were great, however Phoenix VA is a disaster!!! I’m very disappointed in the treatment of our Veterans in Phoenix! He finally saw a Doctor after trying and myself intervening! He was given a phone number to get Therapy! Guess what ? Not the right number! He is about DONE!!! Please advise how I can get him an Advocate??? He isn’t well and all this hoop jumping isn’t going to help him or any other Veteran in Phoenix… What a neglected way to treat human beings, much less our Veterans….Disappointment!

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