Seeing a physiotherapist can help you maintain and increase your independence by restoring the mobility, balance, and level of physical activity. This will help you carry on doing the things that will help you keep your independence. Whether that be moving around the house – being able to live on your own, or to do social activities outside of the house.
The elderly may face a range of issues, including arthritis, back and joint pain, muscle stiffness, ligament damage, inflammation, and lack of mobility. There are many issues related to ageing that can be prevented, treated, or managed by physiotherapy as part of a comprehensive wellness regime.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is performed through movement, exercises, massages, manual therapy, and other methods, over medication and surgery. Physiotherapy can also help speed up the recovery time after surgery. In fact, physiotherapy exercises have been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways to cure pain and injuries.
One important component for the elderly is independence. Maintaining independence is key to an elder’s quality of life, dignity, and happiness. Physiotherapy may be the solution to sustaining a completely independent lifestyle at home. Effective physiotherapy will be able to keep them less dependent on wheelchairs for mobility assistance. The longer individuals maintain a physically active lifestyle, the better they enjoy a healthy life of independence. Getting out to go shopping, walking up and down stairs, cleaning the house – all these activities require physical movement that becomes challenging with age. In many cases, physiotherapy can help increase the capability to do these movements or maintain the individual’s current ability to prevent decline by ensuring a strong core and building muscle strength.
While physiotherapy cannot stop the ageing process, it can help to reduce the impact that it has on the elderly and their lives.
At Home Physio Group, our physiotherapists can create a custom program for you or an elderly relative/friend to help maintain their independence. For more information please contact us on 0330 335 1016 or alternatively please fill out our contact sheet and we will get back to you.