Agile Therapy Health Checks
Agile Therapy health checks involve researched and verified physiological tests and some pertinent questions to analyse your health risk factors. These tests aim to determine if your body is working as it should and what aspects of your health could be improved to ensure you are functioning optimally. Once a rounded picture of your health has been established our team of experts utilise this information to implement researched, effective and simple interventions to enable you to make informed decisions that will positively impact your health and your general wellbeing. Agile Therapy health checks are here to guide you to a more Agile you – both inside and out.
Prior to coming into the clinic for physical testing you will be emailed the link to 3 questionnaires. These researched and validated questionnaires will aim to do the following:
Questionnaire 1 (ACSM Risk Stratification Screening Questionnaire):
Determines an individual’s relative risk of developing and/or having a cardiac event. The questionnaire examines the many influencing factors which can put an individual at a higher risk of having a cardiac event, such as having a high blood pressure, being above a certain age, having family history of a cardiac event, lifestyle choices and dietary consumption.
Questionnaire 2 (International Physical Activity Questionnaire):
This gathers an understanding of an individual’s current (past 7 days) physical activity level. It comprises of a series of questions which are constructed to gather information on how many days and how long per day an individual engages in different intensities of physical activity as well as time spent sitting down.
Questionnaire 3 (Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale):
This is used to measure both mental and emotional well-being (how ‘good’ someone is feeling) as well as psychological functioning (how well someone thinks they are functioning). It consists of 7 statements which the individual will score themselves on a 5-point scale.
The following Physiological Tests will be carried out on the day of the testing:
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a tool used to calculate an individual’s body composition from measures of height and weight. It gives a general indication of whether an individual’s weight is healthy for their height. Caution is used when interpreting the reading of an individual’s BMI as many factors can misconstrue the results. Although BMI can be a controversial test it is a guide and when that combined with other results can assist with assessing an individual’s health risk.
Bioelectrical impedance is an instrument that will be connected to a few skin points to help establish an individual’s body fat percentage. It involves sending a very weak electrical current through the body and the voltage is measured through the output leads in order to calculate impedance (resistance) of the body. As different body tissues (e.g. muscle, fat, bone, etc.) all have different amounts of water content, they all differ in terms of electrical conductivity, with fat having the lowest conductivity.
Skinfold measurement is a technique used to determine body fat composition through the use of skinfold callipers from three to nine different standardised anatomical sites around the body. Readings across the different sites are measured in millimetres and then entered into an equation which then determines the individual’s body fat percentage (%).
Waist Circumference and Waist-to-hip ratio
Waist circumference is an important measure because an individual risk of health problems such as heart disease, type II diabetes and cancer are affected by where body fat is stored. Carrying too much fat around the middle line of the body can increase the risk of an individual developing these health issues. Furthermore, the waist-to-hip ratio is a measurement that gives a relationship between the two areas and is a good indicator of visceral fat (fat surrounding your organs).
More than 1 in 4 adults in the UK have high blood pressure, a silent disease which is strongly
correlated with cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure is measured following a period of rest with the use of manual/automated blood pressure cuff. A trained physiologist will attach the cuff to the upper section of the client’s arm before it is inflated and then slowly deflated to give values of systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
Following a fasting period, a blood sample (just a simple pin prick) will be taken by a trained phlebotomist with the purpose of analysing both blood lipid (to check the level of cholesterol) and blood glucose (to check levels of sugar) in your blood. High levels of lipids and or glucose after fasting are an indicator of higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, pre diabetes or having a stroke.
Lung function will be assessed using a spirometer which assesses how well an individuals lungs work by measuring how much air they can inhale, how much they can exhale and how quickly they can exhale. The computerised analysis of an individual’s breathing will be completed to establish their percentage lung function and if this falls outside of the normal parameters this could indicate disease such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other lung malfunctions that affect an individual’s breathing.
Liver and Kidney function
Liver and kidney function will be established through testing an individual’s sample of urine. Specific analysis strips will be used to analyse protein, glucose and erythrocyte presence. Identification of protein, glucose and/or blood in the urine can indicate a number of specific health issues such as hypertension, diabetes, kidney dysfunction, infection and/or trauma.