Physical Therapy, or physiotherapy, is the care that aims to ease pain and help an individual function, move, and live better. Physiotherapy helps residents maintain or improve their level of functioning and increases their activity and independence.
Physiotherapy restores function for elders who have suffered illness or and injury and that struggle to perform simple daily tasks. A Physiotherapist will aid a person in gaining mobility and stability as well as bettering posture and positioning.
Other physiotherapy treatments include:
- Exercise programs to increase muscle function, coordination and endurance
- Joint and soft tissue mobilization to increase range-of-motion
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Learning to use assistive devices such as a cane or walker
At Mattanja, each session and Elder is unique and our Physiotherapist understands that it is about the individual and their particular needs. The Physiotherapist will first learn about the patient and their medical history. Then, an assessment and diagnosis of the condition will be conducted whereafter a treatment plan will be set out with specific goals and exercises.
The advantages of physiotherapy for elderly citizens is that it often brings back and sustains self-sufficient living. The reduction in body pains, enhancing joint movement, increasing respiratory functions, aiding in coordination and augmenting physical strength is just some of the benefits that an elder will experience from their Physiotherapy treatment. Elders will often stay healthier and physically active for a longer duration.
Overall it is clear that physical activity and good physiotherapy care in old age have shown great improvements in not only the body’s physical, muscular, motor, cardiovascular and respiratory states but also in the mental well being of an elder. A family can also assist the Physiotherapist by encouraging their loved on to stay as physically active as possible in between physio sessions. The longer you can encourage your elderly relative to remain physically active, the longer they will benefit from an independent lifestyle, despite being in assisted living.
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