Geriatric physiotherapy focuses on the unique movement needs of older adults. There are many conditions that affect people as they grow older such as arthritis, cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, joint replacements and balance disorders.
The goal of our geriatric physiotherapy treatments is to help:
restore mobility affected by old age
work around physical limitations and
improve physical fitness and overall health
Actively ageing with the help of physiotherapy, is paramount in ensuring your future is pain free and as independent as possible. At WeTakeCare Physio, we offer a range of classes and programs specifically designed for seniors seeking to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Keep that spring in your step, no matter your age!
The definition of exercise is any form of physical activity that is beyond what the person does while performing their daily tasks. A physiotherapist will design a treatment plan that includes exercises that are designed to both maintain and improve a patients coordination, muscle strength, flexibility and physical endurance and perhaps most importantly their balance. These exercises are meant to increase a senior’s mobility and decrease their chance of injury through falling.
Geriatric physiotherapy consist of active activities such as stretching, balance exercises, weight bearing, strength straining, and specific exercises that are geared towards a particular injury or physical limitation. Our physiotherapists will works with patients in their homes, teaching them to exercise on their own, making sure they are capable of continuing their exercise program on their own.
Manual Therapy: manual therapy is defined “as a clinical approach utilizing skilled, specific hands-on techniques, including but not limited to manipulation/mobilization, used by the physical therapist to diagnose and treat soft tissues and joint structures for the purpose of modulating pain; increasing range of motion (ROM); reducing or eliminating soft tissue inflammation; inducing relaxation; improving contractile and non-contractile tissue repair, extensibility, and/or stability; facilitating movement; and improving function.” Manual therapy is most often applied with the goal of improving a patient’s range of motion they may have lost due to an injury or lack of use therefore improving their mobility. This form of therapy is also used to reduce pain and improve circulation. Manual therapy can include manipulation of the person’s joints and muscles, as well as massage therapy.
Education: Education is quite possibly the important aspect to the success and effectiveness of a geriatric physiotherapy treatment plan. Patients are taught ways of performing daily tasks safely. Physiotherapists also teach seniors how to use assistive devices, as well as how to protect themselves from further injury most often a fall. Seniors can utilize physiotherapy as a means for regaining their independence. Physiotherapy can help seniors to feel better, as well as to enjoy a higher quality of life.