Reaching the ripe old age is rarely pleasant. While we still cherish the wisdom that comes with age, we can also see how the passing of time influences our quality of life. The average life expectancy is still growing, but an elderly person of 90, while still alive, may find much to complain about. Physiotherapy helps gain a better quality of life and even independence.
Sensory processing and mobility
With old age come all sorts of problems, not only physical. Studies observe a steady decline in cognitive and sensory processing of the elderly when compared to middle-aged adults or young adults.
Another problem is often pain, which restricts the range of movements and often has a negative influence on one’s mental and emotional well-being. Older adults who are constantly in pain are at a greater risk of depression.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy comes in many varieties and shapes. There is the most common manual therapy, but there are also more exotic forms of physiotherapy, such as occupational therapy, animal assisted therapy, or even geriatric therapy which is specifically aimed at the problems experienced by the elderly. Physical therapy helps relax the body and alleviate pain, and also raise a patient’s mobility by working on any areas of stiffness. By engaging the body, physiotherapy also rejuvenates the mind, if only by increasing one’s blood-flow and mobility.
Good health and good quality of life are priceless, especially in the times when people live longer and longer. Physiotherapy offers a way to achieve both.