There is a popular misconception that physiotherapy is only applicable after an injury—and while that is the most common time to seek physiotherapy, it’s certainly not the only time to visit your physiotherapist.
For the same reason that they are experts in injury-recovery, physiotherapists are pros at keeping healthy bodies in good shape. This is especially great news for seniors, because a solid physio plan can help to keep some of the physical effects of aging at bay. Here are just some of the ways that seniors can benefit from physiotherapy:
Physiotherapy can work towards alleviating some of the pain associated with age-related diseases, like arthritis and osteoporosis. Typically, this goal is accomplished by strengthening the muscles around the affected area.
In the course of recovery from any injury, the root cause of the injury should be examined. If the injury did not come about through external factors, are there any exercises or stretches that could prevent it from repeating? Many injuries can be avoided by properly strengthening the area in which they occur, which leads to the final point….
Build Core Stability
A strong core is literally central to a balanced, healthy body. Almost every movement engages the core in some way—but if we don’t engage properly, we develop lazy habits that lead to atrophy of some of our most important muscles. Physiotherapy traces everything back to the core, so core strengthening and stabilizing is key to both injury recovery and maintaining a healthy body as one ages.
New Leaf Wellness offers a variety of therapies including physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathic, and massage therapy in a warm and compassionate environment in our Abbotsford location.
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