Older age doesn’t have to doom you to failing strength and reduced mobility. If you include physical therapy in your wellness and aging plan, you can stay healthy and vital well into your golden years.
Robert Higginbottom, DC, at Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group recommends a physical therapy program to help you preserve your overall wellness as you age. Here’s how physical therapy can support your health through every stage of life.
Who benefits from physical therapy?
Most people think physical therapy is the go-to just when they’re recovering from an injury. Think again. Physical therapy is a specialized type of health care that can function as a preventive strategy to reduce injuries, physical decline, and disability.
As you age, your strength, flexibility, and balance tend to diminish. These changes put you at risk of these complications:
- Reduced stamina
- Lost strength
- Increased pain
Consequently, you can lose independence and self-confidence. Many experts prescribe physical therapy after you’ve had an injury or already suffer from conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. But Dr. Higginbottom believes that starting PT today can help preserve your health and mobility.
Physical fitness secrets
When you’re working to increase your physical fitness, it’s important to concentrate on these five key areas:
When you meet with Dr. Higginbottom, he assesses your individual needs before developing a personalized and holistic approach to keeping you in your best health. Your recommended exercise program depends on your overall health and fitness.
By following our guidelines, physical therapy can help you safely restore or improve your strength, flexibility, range of motion, and endurance. It also improves your coordination and balance, which can reduce falls.
More physical therapy benefits
Physical therapy helps manage existing conditions that currently or eventually may affect your quality of life. For example, most people over 65 have arthritis in their spine, but they might not realize it until the condition advances and causes irreversible damage.
To slow the progression of age-related diseases and disorders, Dr. Higginbottom might recommend other physical therapy techniques as part of your healthy aging program, such as:
- Cold therapy to relieve swelling, inflammation, and pain
- Manual therapy to increase relaxation, reduce pain, or provide flexibility
- Hydrotherapy to heal soft tissue, increase blood flow, and promote relaxation
- Heat therapy to improve circulation and relax muscles
- Electrical stimulation to disrupt pain signals or trigger muscle contractions
- Ultrasound to reduce muscle spasms and encourage relaxation
Don’t wait for an injury or reduced mobility before you start physical therapy. Begin your personalized preventive program today by contacting Lifestyle Rejuvenation Medical Group in Chicago’s Hyde Park area. Call 773-667-9053, or use our online booking tool.