October Is Physical Therapy Month
Physical therapy can help seniors retain their independence, whether they are managing a long-term illness or just want to improve their general health and mobility. The goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain and increase mobility for better strength and balance.
Falls are the major reason seniors require physical therapy
As people age, they tend to lose flexibility, strength and often their balance, so maintaining the desired level of fitness becomes increasingly challenging. Loss of these functions could lead to a fall that could cause serious injury. Physical therapy helps improve these functions.
Osteoporosis, which is a progressive bone disease characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, can lead to an increased risk for fractures. It is often the cause of many falls. Physical therapy and a regular exercise program help control the effects of this condition.
Strength training and exercise provided in physical therapy can also help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. People with arthritis can benefit from physical therapy because it provides exercises to help preserve the strength and use of the joints. Physical therapy also teaches therapeutic methods to relieve discomfort through both physical techniques and activity modifications. Physical therapy is prescribed in many cases following a hospital stay. Skimping on post hospitalization therapy can cause serious repercussions.
How To Choose A Physical Therapist
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), the single most important factor in choosing a PT is to ensure that he/she is a licensed physical therapist. In order to practice, all physical therapists need to have a degree from an officially recognized physical therapy program and must have completed their national licensure examination.
Your therapist may work with a physical therapy assistant (PTA) when providing your care. PTAs are also qualified, certified professionals.
Physical therapy is a partnership that involves constant dialogue between therapist and patient. It’s imperative to work with someone that you have a good rapport with, and someone you feel comfortable with. As a patient, you’re also responsible for your healing process, and your chances for a full recovery will be greater if you have a strong and trustful working relationship with your therapist, and be able to follow their advice. Open and honest communication is key.
The best PTs use their hands to mobilize, catalyze and improve function that can’t be attained by stretching or strengthening alone. These hands on skills allow scar tissue to heal more effectively, and alleviate areas of inflammation and pain. Powerful and gentle hands are the best combination.
Contact Comfort Home Health Agency
Comfort Home Health Agency can help you select a physical therapist that will fit your needs. depending on you situation we can provide in home therapy or assist you to your therapy appointments. Comfort Home Health works closely with area physical and occupational therapist. Some insurance will also cover the cost of your appointments.
Contact us today for more information. (727) 682-0053