Maintaining health in the senior years requires a number of proactive measures including providing a health diet, regular exercise and periodic visits to the doctor. When medical problems arise, close monitoring can help to improve general condition and reduce the risk for complications. Physiotherapy can provide additional benefits to physical health and function, to enhance seniors’ everyday lives.
1 – Reduce Pain
After surgery or an injury, physiotherapy can help to improve function and reduce the pain of healing with structured exercises and other techniques. Patients often require less medication and enjoy increased mobility as a result of their sessions.
2 – Improve Muscle Strength
Muscle strength tends to decrease during the senior years. This effect occurs partly because of aging itself, but it may also be due to a reduction in activity that is common in older people. Physiotherapy helps to restore muscle tone, particularly in areas of the body that have been affected by injury or disease.
3 – Enhance Flexibility
Physicians often order sessions with a physiotherapist to improve patients’ flexibility after an injury or surgery. It can improve range of motion in joints and help improve function in everyday life. Flexible movement helps to ensure good balance, so that seniors are less prone to dangerous falls that can be particularly hazardous for older people.
4 – Improve Balance
Seniors often have problems maintaining balance. In some cases, weakness from lack of activity may lead to muscle weakness. In other cases, the medications the senior takes can cause disturbances in the inner ear that lead to balance problems. Other seniors may have vision problems that affect depth perception. Whatever the cause, sessions with a physiotherapist can help with fall prevention.
5 – Reduce Healing Time
A professional physiotherapist can offer specific techniques to aid healing and reduce the amount of time that seniors are immobile, so that they can achieve full function of affected areas more quickly. Many injuries and surgical procedures depend on getting patients mobile immediately to reduce the risk for blood clots and other medical problems. Sessions get patients active immediately to help reduce post-surgery problems.
6 – Better Circulation
Physiotherapy can improve circulation, not only to the affected areas that are under treatment, but also to the whole body. Good circulation is critical to the health of seniors, and they may not always engage in the physical activity needed to promote healthy circulation. Sessions offer a safe, yet effective way to improve the circulation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, for better health.
A number of medical issues can be helped by sessions with a skilled physiotherapist. Talk to your physician this medical specialty that can improve your senior loved one’s life.