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How Physiotherapy Can Benefit The Elderly

Physiotherapy involves more than learning how to walk again after an accident. You don’t have to be in pain or looking for rehabilitation from an injury to see a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy can help people of all walks of life and ages, no matter what ailments they have.

If you’re entering your golden years and are looking for ways to be more active and get the most out of life, physiotherapy offers great benefits.

Targeting Specific Issues

Physiotherapy can help you overcome specific issues you might be facing as you get older. For instance, physiotherapy can address back and neck pain, old sports injuries that have not properly healed, arthritis and osteoporosis.

Furthermore, your physiotherapist can help you with breathing problems like COPD and asthma, issues related to diabetes, ailments that affect the nervous system like MS or Parkinson’s, and foot conditions (more on custom made foot orthotics below). Finally, physiotherapy can help you overcome incontinence, something that many older people experience but are embarrassed to seek help about.

Staying Active And Remaining Independent

No matter how active you were in your younger days, the aging process can slow you down. However, with physiotherapy, you can remain active and enjoy treatment for any pain that comes with age. Knee and hip pain are normal as we get older and physiotherapy will allow you to remain active without causing extra pain to your joints.

Moreover, a physiotherapist will show you how to make proper movements while you workout, walk, or do whatever you wish to maintain an active lifestyle. Also, seniors who want to remain in their homes can benefit from physiotherapy because it improves overall function (health-wise and cognitively). Another benefit of seeing a physiotherapist to stay active is strength building. The stronger you are, the less time it will take you to recover from a fracture should you fall.

Custom Made Foot Orthotics

As we age, our feet require extra care. This is especially true if you are diabetic. When you visit a physiotherapist, they can give you a prescription for custom made foot orthotics. These are like insoles except they are customized to the exact dimensions of your feet, in order to evenly distribute your body weight and relieve pressure.

For more information about our services, including custom made foot orthotics, please contact Dynamic Physiotherapy. No matter how old you are, you’re never too old for physical therapy.

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