The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

Senior man walking next to physical therapist during session

Changes that impact mobility and overall health are a natural part of the aging process. However, staying active and maintaining physical health is crucial for seniors to maintain independence and quality of life. 

In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of physical therapy and how it can help seniors maintain their health and independence. If you or a loved one is considering physical therapy, keep reading to learn more about what to expect and the potential benefits.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy involves exercises and techniques that can improve mobility, reduce pain, and restore physical function. It can be used to treat patients with varying needs, with each patient receiving an individualized care plan specific to their goals.

Physical therapy is performed with the guidance of a licensed physical therapist in a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, outpatient clinic, or at home. Here at the Methodist Home, we offer both inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient therapy options.

How Does Physical Therapy Help Seniors?

Physical therapy offers a variety of benefits for seniors, including helping them maintain health and independence.

Improved Mobility

During the aging process, mobility can decline due to a variety of factors, including chronic health conditions, injuries, and surgeries. Physical therapy can help seniors improve mobility through exercises and stretches that target specific areas of the body, helping to maintain independence and reduce the risk of falls and other injuries.

Reduced Pain

Chronic pain is a common problem among seniors, and it can be caused by a variety of health conditions. Physical therapy can help reduce pain by using manual therapy techniques such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching. It can also help seniors develop healthy exercise habits that can prevent pain from developing in the first place.

Increased Strength

Loss of muscle mass and strength is a natural part of aging, but physical therapy can help seniors maintain their strength through targeted exercises that build muscle and improve overall physical function. By increasing their strength, seniors can perform daily tasks more easily and reduce their risk of injury.

Chronic Condition Management

Physical therapy can also help seniors manage chronic health conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. By developing a personalized treatment plan, physical therapists can help seniors manage their symptoms and improve their overall health.

Post-Surgery/Injury Recovery

Seniors who have undergone surgeries or experienced injuries can benefit from physical therapy as they recover. Physical therapists can develop a treatment plan that helps seniors regain their strength and mobility, reduce pain, and prevent further complications from developing.

What to Expect from Physical Therapy

After each patient’s initial evaluation, a personalized treatment plan is developed based on individual health needs and goals. Patients will participate in therapy sessions, work through the treatment plan, and receive exercises to do at home. Progress will be monitored throughout the process, and the treatment plan is adjusted as needed. 

By following your plan and working with your physical therapist, you can improve mobility, reduce pain, increase strength, manage chronic conditions, aid in post-surgery/injury recovery, and prevent falls.

We Are Here to Help You Heal

Physical therapy is an effective way for seniors to improve their physical function, reduce pain, and maintain their independence. If you or a loved one is in need of inpatient or outpatient physical therapy, we are here to help you achieve your health goals while aging well.

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