As we age, our body parts don’t function as well. It gets harder to get up from sitting down. You find yourself grabbing objects for balance while walking. You can’t reach your feet or back while dressing or bathing. You can’t lift heavy objects from the refrigerator or cabinet. You fall. You can’t turn your head while driving. You hurt all over. These can be signs of weakness, arthritis, diminished bone density, or limited range of motion.
Geriatric Rehabilitation covers those individuals typically in their mid 60’s or older who have functional difficulties as a result of aging. The process of aging affects every part of the body, which leads to:
Difficulty with Daily Activities
Use of Walker / Wheelchair / Cane
Loss of Mobility
Aches and Pains
The Benefits of Physical Therapy
The good thing is most of these issues can be addressed. Physical Therapy addresses these problems through:
Massage | Stretching | Strengthening | Postural Training | Gait Training | Balance Training | Education of Daily Activities
Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you should be in pain, nor does it mean you should settle with less activity. The old adage of “use it or lose it” really does apply to your age group and requires a knowledgeable and respectful approach to your specific needs.