Physiotherapy for Senior Citizens

Physiotherapy for Senior Citizens

Age is just a number. One can feel like a 20-year-old even at the age of 80. But, sometimes our bodies have to bear the brunt of old age. Sedentary lifestyles, chronic stress, routine smoking and drinking, and development of diseases associated with old age tend to take a toll on most senior citizens. This leads to conditions such as a limited range of motion, lack of balance and coordination, muscular pains, arthritis, and osteoporosis to name a few. Physiotherapy could be the answer to these problems. There are many senior physiotherapy programs which are recommended for older citizens that help them be active and healthy. 

Benefits of Senior Physiotherapy
Geriatric physiotherapy or senior physiotherapy is a field which focuses on providing physical therapy and rehabilitation services for elderly people. Senior physiotherapy is generally a supplementary treatment for ailments such as arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, and balance disorders. It also helps people who wish to improve their mobility and lets them be independent. Under the supervision of a physiotherapist and with continuous therapy sessions senior citizens can:

  • Experience Pain Relief

One of the most common problems associated with old age is joint pains. Diseases such as arthritis, muscle spasms, and osteoporosis cause aches and pains in the different parts of the body. With the help of senior physiotherapy, elderly people experience some amount of relief in their chronic pain.

  • Recover faster from Surgery

Geriatric physiotherapy focuses on helping old people recover faster post surgeries. Depending on the health condition of the patients, senior physiotherapy is prescribed post surgery to keep the body healthy and prepared for the procedure and rehabilitate the patients to their normal self after the surgery.

  • Have improved strength 

In many cases, continuous physical therapy and exercise therapy sessions have helped in strength-building and stabilizing the health of older patients. Most senior citizens stop exercising due to the fear of falling. But, the key to avoid slip and fall accidents is strength-building which can only be done with regular exercise under the guidance of a professional.

  • Have improved limited Range of Mobility

The most common cause of a reduced range of motion is lack of body movement, but there are other medical conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, cerebral palsy, and Leg-Calve-Perthes disease that cause mobility problems. Physical therapy can help improve limb movements and increase mobility in older patients.
Depending on the severity of the illness, a physiotherapist may prescribe exercises, acupuncture sessions, and massage therapy to the patient. Maintaining good health also requires the physiotherapist and the patient to set goals and milestones which needs to be adhered to. No form of the treatment can show results overnight, and this is applicable to senior physiotherapy as well. Patients are required to be regular with their therapy schedules so as to achieve lasting results.

If you are on the lookout for physiotherapy services, then get in touch with our experts at InHome Physical Therapy & Massage today.