It’s no secret that exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But working exercise into a therapy and recovery program can help improve outcomes for individuals who are sick or recovering from injury.

A program in Denham Springs, La., is doing just that.

Bill Gvoich, director of the medical wellness program for Peak Performance Physical Therapy, designed a program called “Rxercise” that brings together medical, physical therapy and wellness services with the goal of improving clients’ quality of life.

The Livingston Parish News reports that Gvoich works with a variety of patients with different medical conditions, ranging from partial paralysis to balance issues to joint sprains. Rxercise has helped these clients regain range of motion and balance, lose weight and get back on track with their overall health.

From ABImplementing a Medical Fitness Program

Through sessions held three days a week, Gvoich evaluates individual clients’ needs by working with other health professionals and accessing data from confidential medical records, including blood work reports from doctors. He’s then able to design an individual fitness program built on that data.

Rxercise is one successful instance of medical fitness programming. For years, fitness and medical professionals have tried to find ways to bring the two industries closer together.

“The goal is to improve the fitness and wellness of people, regardless of their age,” Gvoich told the Parish News. “It’s for anyone who wants to live a healthier life.”

From ABVideo: Inside a Successful Medical Fitness Program

Jason Scott is Online Managing Editor of Athletic Business.