Everybody has to grow old, and it’s the better choice when compared to the alternative. Thankfully, physiotherapy techniques and treatment are well-suited for the challenges that accompany getting older. These include treating diagnosed age-related illnesses, as well as the general annoyances we experience as we age. Here’s how physiotherapy can help to improve the overall health of elderly patients.
Physiotherapy can treat existing age-related ailments, such as joint problems, pain and stiffness. Physiotherapists are well trained on how to approach treatment for the elderly and will adopt a delicate and sensitive approach during actual physical therapy, as well as when communicating and interacting with patients. The hands-on approach of physiotherapy allows therapists to customise each treatment, for example, regarding the amount of pressure applied.
Physiotherapy, including specialised techniques such as geriatric physical therapy, can improve the quality of life of older individuals. Exercises can be taught that increase mobility and flexibility, and when done regularly, will boost overall health levels and reduce the effects of ageing on the body. It helps lower the risks of a fall or the damage caused by one. Should an injury occur through a fall or accident, physiotherapy is also a crucial component when it comes to treating and rehabilitating the elderly.
Physical exercise has also been shown to improve the mental and emotional health of the elderly. Physiotherapy takes each patient’s total wellness into consideration and aims to improve the overall wellbeing of each person treated. Issues such as social difficulties, sleep problems and even just the challenges of day to day life can be lessened through physiotherapy services. Due to the personalised nature of physiotherapy, therapists provide professional services combined with a human touch, promoting a comforting and caring environment for older patients. This can have a considerable impact not only on the patient’s physical recovery but also have a positive influence on their emotional wellbeing.
Physiotherapy is also a great alternative to harsh medication, especially for older adults who may have a digestive or immune system intolerance or suffer serious side-effects.
For Auckland based elderly residents, Cairnhill Physiotherapy has an easily accessible clinic based in Mt Eden but is also central to Newmarket, Epsom, Parnell and Remuera. Our friendly and experienced therapists offer one-on-one consultations, making sure that you get the best possible care available. Contact us today to experience our treatment.