The body continually ages from the time we are infants until the day of
our deaths. At some point during youth, we reach a kind of peak physical
condition, where our bodies are operating at maximum capacity, and our
bones, muscles, and organs work well. However, each part of the body begins
to progress past that stage of peak efficiency. For example, by the time
people reach age 30, they start to lose between 0.5% and 2% of their muscle
While regular exercise can help offset this breakdown, you can also help
maintain your muscle and tendon mass and flexibility by attending physical
therapy lessons. This is much more important for seniors in particular,
as they may be experiencing bone density loss, reduced range of movement,
and potentially aging-related conditions that might make it hard for them
to exercise regularly.
For example, long-term illness can emaciate anyone who needs to comply
with long-term bed rest or hospitalization. While younger people can bounce
back from this fairly quickly, it’s a lot harder for seniors to recover.
The overall goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve the
function of muscles and tendons. Additionally, it can reduce pain and
increase mobility, which can increase strength and balance. For seniors,
these are of particular importance, as any loss of balance could cause
a fall. Falls can have severe consequences for older adults, especially
since they have more brittle bones and heal more slowly. Also, if a senior
is recovering after a fall, he or she could be hospitalized for an extended
amount of time, which can further weaken the body.
It can also provide them with an increased sense of confidence. If seniors
aren’t worried about falling or injuring themselves while exercising,
they would probably increase their tendency to be out and about. Some
might take the opportunity to travel and see the world, while others might
spend more time playing with their grandchildren.
If you’re interested in seeing how physical therapy can help you
or your senior loved one, don’t hesitate to call us. ProFysio Physical
Therapy is one of the premier providers of physical rehabilitation in
New Jersey. Our dedicated and helpful staff can provide a broad range
of physical therapy services to increase mobility, strength, and flexibility.
Our team provides collaborative care that takes a patient’s whole-body
health into consideration. We will work with each patient’s network
of physicians and medical support team to ensure the best results possible.
The doctors at ProFysio Physical Therapy would be happy to coordinate
with your physicians to order appropriate medical workups and medication
when necessary. Let us see what we can do for you. Call us at (732) 333-6360 or
fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation today. We look forward to seeing what
we can do to improve your health.