Peripheral Arterial Disease

Range of Motion offers Exercise Physiologist designed one-on-one exercise sessions for individuals with this condition. Book a complimentary consultation or contact us to find out more.

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional.

Based on guidelines provided by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Condition Overview:

Peripheral arterial disease refers to the reductions in blood flow to the extremities, caused by an arterial obstruction.

Short Term Response to Exercise:

The major effect of a single bout of exercise is peripheral pain (especially in the legs) caused by insufficient blood flow to this tissue.

Long Term Response to Exercise:

Exercise has been shown to improve peripheral arterial disease through the following mechanisms:
• Increase in leg blood flow.
• Even distribution of blood flow.
• Increase in blood plasma volume, thus reducing the viscosity of blood.
• More efficient gross movement patterns.
• Increases in ability to perform activities of daily living.

Condition Management:

A combination of exercise and drug therapy has been shown to be effective.

Treatment Methodologies:

Range of Motion designs specific exercise programs unique to the individual based on The Range of Motion Model of Health. Modifications to this basic framework are made based on the specific recommendations outlined below.

Aerobic Exercise:

• 60% of VO2 max.
• ¾ pain of claudication.
• 15 minutes per session.
• Three to seven days per week.

Resistance:
• 10-12 repetitions.

Flexibility:
• Not to discomfort.
• 20 seconds per stretch.
• Three days per week.

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Womack, C. J., Gardner, A. W., (2003). Peripheral Arterial Disease. In: Durstine, J. L., Moore, G. E. (2003), ACSM’s Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities 2nd Ed. (pp 81-85) American College of Sports Medicine, Human Kinetics.