Physical therapy is defined as “the treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercises rather than by drugs or surgery”. After a person has been impaired in some way, whether from the result of an injury or illness or from chronic pain that comes along with aging, physical therapists will design an individualized treatment plan to make daily tasks easier and improve your quality of life. The main goal of physical therapy is to help reduce pain, increase mobility and restore your overall functionality and independence.
For seniors, physical therapy most often treats issues that are part of the aging process, like pain and balance issues or poor muscle strength and endurance. Whether seniors are managing a long-term illness or just want to improve their general health and mobility, physical therapy will allow them to retain their independence as much as possible.
Some of the main benefits of physical therapy for seniors include:
At American Senior Communities, our Moving Forward program offers rehabilitation to seniors through physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech/language therapy. Individualized programs are designed for each senior to help reduce the risk of future injury and get them back to living as independently as possible.