Geriatric Physical Therapy
As we age, our bodies require more specialized care and attention in order to stay healthy and active. At our physical therapy practice, we recognize these individual needs and provide a tailored approach to address every client’s unique condition. Our experienced team of physical therapists will take the time to thoroughly assess the situation and provide personalized guidance on how to best promote healing as well as maintain long-term health. Whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or recovering from an injury, our focus is on helping you achieve lasting results so that you can continue to enjoy life to its fullest.
What Is Geriatric Physical Therapy?
Geriatric physical therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy designed to help older adults enhance their strength, improve their balance, increase self-confidence, and remain independent for as long as possible. Furthermore, this type of therapy encourages regular physical activity, helping seniors to maintain positive mental and physical health.
According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, an alarming one-third of people aged 65 or older experience falls at least once a year. This highlights the importance of geriatric physical therapy in helping seniors stay safe and healthy. Geriatric physical therapists can develop individualized programs that utilize a range of techniques such as strengthening exercises, postural adjustment, joint mobilization, stretching, posture re-education and other modalities to help build strength and coordination while decreasing the risk of falls.
In addition to reducing the risk of falls for seniors, geriatric physical therapy can also improve overall mobility by enhancing range of motion, stability, flexibility and endurance needed for daily tasks such as getting out of bed unassisted or performing household chores.
What Does an Geriatric Physical Therapist Do?
Geriatric physical therapists are physical therapists who specialize in the senior polulation and help older adults regain the strength, balance, and coordination necessary for improved walking ability, increased mobility, and overall functioning.
Geriatric therapists tailor exercises and activities that target specific muscle groups, our therapists work to build strength and stability in order to assist with everyday movements such as standing up from a seated position, navigating stairs, and walking on various surfaces. Such therapeutic intervention can improve an individual’s independence and enable them to perform normal daily tasks without assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Get Physical Therapy at Home?
How Does Physical Therapy Help the Elderly?
These treatments include exercises such as stretching, strength training and aerobic conditioning; manual techniques such as massage or mobilization; postural correction; modalities like heat therapy or electrical stimulation; education to improve self-management skills; and assistive devices that allow people to remain functionally independent. With physical therapy interventions tailored specifically to meet an individual’s needs, the elderly can stay healthy longer and enjoy life more fully.
What Exercises Are Good For Older Adults?
What Exercises Should Older Adults Avoid?
What to Expect From Your Visit
When you visit a geriatric physical therapist, you can expect to be evaluated for any functional limitations that may affect your ability to complete everyday activities. Your physical therapist will assess your strength, balance, range of motion and endurance in order to create an individualized exercise plan tailored to help you reach your goals.
In addition, they may recommend assistive devices or changes in lifestyle and daily habits that can help improve your safety and functional abilities. Finally, they will discuss ways that you can stay motivated with home exercises or other outlets of physical activity.