How Physiotherapy can help older people

As we age our body inevitably goes through many physical changes. These natural age related changes include reduced bone density, reduced muscle strength, increased body fat, poorer coordination and stiffer joints. These normal effects of ageing can affect older people’s mobility and balance and make them more likely to fall and break bones. Older people also become more susceptible illness such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. All of this can have a big impact on their daily lives and reduce their independence. For example elderly people often feel that they are not as quick and steady on their feet as they used to be and find that stairs are more difficult. This can then affect their ability to get out and about and lead to reduced independence.

However, we do not have to accept this as an inevitable part of ageing. While physiotherapy cannot stop ageing it can help to reduce the impact that it has on our bodies and our lives. Physiotherapists are trained to identify physical and other factors that prevent people from being as active and independent as they can be, and then they find ways of overcoming them. This makes them ideally placed to help older people stay as active as they can be. In fact physiotherapy has been shown to improve many of the factors associated with ageing including strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and pain levels. Ultimately physiotherapy has been proven by research to help older adults to maintain their health, well-being, functional ability and independence.

 

What specific ailments can physiotherapy help in the elderly?

Physiotherapy can help anyone who is starting to see the effects of life’s wear and tear on their bodies. It can also treat or prevent physical problems that might be brewing as a result of years of poor posture or sitting badly. Some specific ailments are mentioned below:

  • Back and/or neck pain
  • Sports’ injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing problems,
  • Diabetes-related problems
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Nervous system Problems such as Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Incontinence

How to Go About it:

At the first session, the physiotherapist will talk to them about their problem and what caused it.The physiotherapist will do a physical examination to assess your elderly relative’s  flexibility, strength and range of movement.Then they will devise a plan of care tailored to them as an individual

Physiotherapy is very hands-on and may include:

  • Massage
  • Heat or cold treatments
  • Ultrasound
  • Acupuncture
  • TENS(transcutaneous electrical stimulation)
  • Hydrotherapy (water treatment)
  • Home exercises to restore flexibility, build strength and improve co-ordination and balance, as well as recommending an exercise regime to help prevent future problems

 

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