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Physiotherapy: A Holistic Healing Approach for Seniors

By Meghana Giridhar
October 13

October is National Physical Therapy Month. Seniors often experience strains and aches as they age but not many consider contacting a physiotherapist. For seniors, maintaining a certain level of fitness is tough and could lead to loss of certain functions and injury. Physiotherapy or physical therapy helps with: •    Regaining proper functionality of body parts •    Reduction of pain or impact of an injury •    Increased mobility for enhanced strength and balance •    Post-surgery recovery Physiotherapists are trained professionals and key members of a health care team. They work in collaboration with hospitals, private clinics, home care services and retirement homes. They are also associated with rehabilitation health centers, sports clubs and gymnasiums. It is best to have your doctor recommend a physiotherapist. The session begins with a detailed health history assessment. Tests to measure flexibility and motion are conducted to reach an accurate diagnosis. Treatment plans include manual therapies, exercise regimes, electrotherapy among others, depending on specific conditions. Seniors, in particular, can gain a lot from physiotherapy since it uses a combination of therapeutic techniques and activity modifications. It is important to know that this kind of therapy isn’t limited to sports injuries or back pain. Here are some areas that physiotherapy is beneficial to seniors: •    Osteoporosis is common senior condition, a progressive bone disease caused due to a loss of bone mass and density. Seniors could be susceptible to falls because of this. A physiotherapist can recommend the right exercise regime to regain control. •    Seniors suffering from arthritis can benefit from strength training with the help of a therapist so their joints lose their stiffness. •    Physiotherapy is essential both pre- and post-surgery. For example, seniors undergoing cardiac and chest surgeries are taught to cough properly while supporting the wound area. Post-surgery, physiotherapy helps: •    Prevent chest infections •    Prevent blood clots •    Prevent pressure sores •    Prevent muscle wasting Other conditions that can benefit from physiotherapy include: •    Stroke •    Multiple sclerosis •    Spinal cord injuries •    Asthma •    Chronic bronchitis Always go by your doctor’s recommendation when it comes to choosing a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy could be a blessing for many seniors, helping them deal with daily activities and acquire a new sense of confidence leading to better health and a better quality of life. References: Meghana Giridhar serves as Content Manager and is part of eCareDiary's founding team. In her role, she oversees and edits content across all of eCareDiary's media platforms.

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Question: I try to accompany my aging mother for her doctor's appointments but sometimes I can't do so. Often, there are questions related to the medication. But I can't seem to get a hold of the doctor when I call. Who is the next best person to talk to in such matters?

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