Our body mechanics go through many changes as we age and grow. How we function at 25 is different from how we work at 50, and how we operate at 50 is different from how we work at 80. Injuries, ailments, and general “wear and tear” take quite a toll on the human body as it goes through life. At (practice name), we offer geriatric physical therapy to assess and treat the discomfort many seniors tend to feel due to the physical conditions that come with age. Our innovative care strategies at Expert Physio Plus will help you find quick relief. Contact our Blackburn Hamlet physical therapy office today to learn more about how you or a loved one may benefit from geriatric physical therapy.
What exactly is geriatric physical therapy?
Geriatric physical therapy has been recognized as a specialty focus within the physical therapy field since 1989. It generally focuses on older adults, aged approximately between 65-90, although it can be used to address any age-related conditions experienced by an adult. In addition, it acts as an umbrella term, as it can be used to describe treatment for a broad range of issues people tend to face as they age. Some common topics treated through geriatric physical therapy include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Joint replacement
- Balance and gait disorders
- Neurological disorders
How does senior physical therapy help?
Geriatric physical therapy comprises three main categories: manual therapy, exercise, and education.
Manual therapy, also known as “hands-on treatment,” decreases patients’ pain, restores mobility, and increases circulation. Typical forms of manual therapy include massage and joint/muscle manipulation.
Exercise is a crucial part of any senior treatment plan. One of our highly-trained Gloucester, ON physiotherapists will prescribe targeted exercises for each patient’s specific needs to help them improve their muscle strength, coordination, flexibility, balance, and physical endurance. Exercise is also helpful in decreasing a patient’s risk of falling, increasing their overall mobility. Joint geriatric exercises include walking, stretching, light weight lifting, and aquatic therapy.
Education is essential in maintaining the progress made during treatments. Our physiotherapists will provide patients with helpful tips and techniques for safely performing daily tasks, using assistive devices, and preventing further injuries.
Contact Expert Physio Plus:
At Expert Physio Plus, we want to help patients reclaim their independence and improve their overall quality of life. If you believe you or a loved one could benefit from geriatric physical therapy treatments, give us a call today! We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation and get you started toward improved health and wellness.