Physiotherapy for the Elderly – Good or Bad?

June 7th, 2019

Ageing is an inevitable process. It reduces the muscle strength and bone density, increases body fat, stiffens joints and worsens coordination, leading to poor fitness and psychological deterioration.

How to prevent it? BY PHYSIOTHERAPY!

One may argue that physiotherapy is of no benefit, as ageing is an inevitable process. However, it is proven by scientific research that physiotherapy helps in improving balance, strength, coordination, motor control, flexibility, endurance, functional ability and eventually maintaining independence in the elderly, as studies have shown that disuse is the cause of at least half of the age-related changes to muscles, bones and joints.

So, what are the benefits of physiotherapy?

  • Improve physical health – reduce risk of developing cardiovascular diseases or other chronic illnesses, such as diabetes
  • Maintaining independent lifestyle by restoring and maintaining mobility and balance
  • Prevention of falls by strength building and stabilization
  • Treatment of pain, e.g. neck and back pain, arthritis, e.t.c
  • Pre and post surgery rehabilitation

So, why choose My Aged Care? Here at My Aged Care, we have experienced and professional physiotherapists, who will carry out specific and individualized treatment plan based on the needs of our residents. Treatments provided in My Aged Care are as below:-

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Manual therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic post-operative rehabilitation
  • Stroke/neurological rehabilitation
  • Cognitive training
  • Prevention of falls
  • Appropriate education and advice on postures, exercises, usage of walking aids as well as modifications of their daily activities, considering their respective conditions

Physiotherapy has been shown to improve many factors associated with ageing, including strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and pain levels – Janet Levingstone

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