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12 Apr 2006

How does a PHYSIOTHERAPIST treat hypertensive patient?
I am a 21-year-old boy & am studying MBCHB 1at MEDUNSA.I am given an assignment to find out how a PHYSIOTHERAPIST can help the Dlamini family of 7 which has 3 hypertensive members.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Hypertensive,

Physiotherapists do not treat hypertension.

The best thing the physiotherapist can do is to refer the family to a doctor, whether private or at a clinic. In general terms, weight loss, exercise and salt restriction have a beneficial effect, but are not the TREATMENT for hypertension. These play a complementary role, and will help greatly, but on their own will not overcome significant hypertension. So-called “natural remedies” have been proven ineffective in treating significant hypertension.

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