What benefits does physiotherapy offer to seniors?
Alongside helping you to recover after an injury, here are some of the main benefits of seeing a physiotherapist as you age:
Improve your mobility
A physiotherapist will talk to you about what you struggle with and tailor a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. They can help you reduce stiffness, increase your mobility and improve your flexibility.
Learn how to move safely
Falling can be dangerous as you age. Physiotherapists can help you build strength, balance and stability so you can move around your home without slipping over. They can also help you exercise safely and reduce your risk of injury.
Reduce and manage pain
Physiotherapy treat and manage pain by looking at its source. They may look things that exacerbate pain such as tight or weak muscles, limited blood flow or instances of inactivity, and provide treatment to help you feel better.
Maintain independence at home
Moving confidently is a vital component to quality of life. Physiotherapy can help you keeping doing activities that maintain your independence, such as driving, walking, cooking and enjoying leisure activities.
Manage chronic conditions
Research shows physiotherapy can help prevent and treat many chronic diseases, including hypertension, emphysema, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis. A physiotherapist can also help you exercise regularly to improve your health.
Rehabilitation after surgery
After major surgery such as a hip replacement, a physiotherapist can work with you to strengthen your body, restore your overall stability and improve your range of motion. They can also help you prepare for surgery by building up your strength.
Offers a non-invasive treatment option
Building strength, movement and flexibility doesn’t just treat a range of issues – it also prevents invasive treatments down the track, such as surgery and pharmaceutical intervention (e.g. pain medication).
Improve quality of life
Physiotherapy can help us stay active and independent as we age. This helps us maintain good mental health and enjoy quality of life, despite the challenges that we may face along the way.