The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Seniors

Seniors, as well as people with chronic conditions, often struggle with limited range of movement. Physical therapy can greatly improve mobility and motion.  Physical therapy can also help you recover from, or cope with, a life changing and potentially debilitating condition such as a stroke or diabetes.

A physical therapist is a trusted health care professional who can help you address health challenges, maintain or achieve your desired level of fitness, and recover from injury. In many cases, a physical therapist can help you do all of these things without the use of medication.

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Why a Physical Therapist?

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Maintaining a desired level of fitness gets even more challenging as we age. Our flexibility, strength and balance all decrease with age. One of the most important things a physical therapist can do for older adults is help them improve their balance and prevent falls.

According to the National Aging Council, falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among seniors. While steps can be taken to “fall proof” a home, working with a physical therapist will strengthen your balance to help prevent falls in the first place.  

After an initial diagnostic session, your physical therapist will recommend movement activities that emphasize strength, flexibility, and proper gait. Exercises may include a walking regimen, Tai Chi, aquatics classes or a special strengthen training regimen customized for you.

If you think you or a loved one might benefit from physical therapy, search the national database of physical therapist members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and find a physical therapist that is right for you.