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A positive attitude reaps healthful rewards

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Kent Bond’s world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health.

A physical therapist and owner at Impact Physical Therapy of Hillsboro, Bond has witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion following surgery. And for each of these successes exists a single, underlying factor affecting the patient’s final outcome: a positive attitude.

“The people who achieve the most success in physical therapy and rehab are those who have a positive attitude, who are focused on their goals and who are looking into the future with a positive mindset,” said Bond. “They put in the work and they visualize success. Keeping a positive mindset goes a long way toward achieving positive results.”

This isn’t just Bond’s opinion. This is science.

According to several recent studies in the world of health sciences, a positive attitude can put you on the path toward a longer, healthier and more stress-free life. For example:

  • A 2012 study published in Psychosomatic Medicine suggests that a positive attitude can reverse health risks in seniors, which leads to a better quality of life;
  • Another 2012 study, this one by the Duke University Medical Center, linked positive emotions to better heart health;
  • And according to the Mayo Clinic – and in support of dozens of other studies on the topic of positivity – a positive attitude can be linked to an increased life span, a stronger immune system, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, less stress, and overall mental and physical well-being.

These are studies Bond and his Impact Physical Therapy of Hillsboro team have taken to heart, mindfully applying the power of positivity throughout every aspect of their practice, from environment to the personalities of their physical therapists to the way they motivate their patients. Such an emphasis can lead to better outcomes for their patients.

“At Impact we understand that our patients are often dealing not only with significant pain, but also the frustrations of being limited in their function and in their ability to meet the demands of family life, employers, and even insurance companies,” Bond said. 

“We know it’s hard to be positive through hard times like these and it can’t happen alone. Our goal is to create a cheerful, relationship-centered environment where patients feel supported and can stay positive.”