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3 reasons seniors should commit to PT

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“It hurts, it’s boring, and I can exercise on my own” are some of the excuses seniors give for discontinuing their physical therapy (PT) program.

Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education, explains the American Physical Therapy Association. They examine each patient and develop a plan, using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move and prevent disability.

Physical therapy helps seniors stay independent, reduces pain and increases mobility for better strength and balance. Physical therapy for seniors helps them recover from an injury, treats chronic pain, and restores flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination. PT can be done in a facility or with a therapist at home.

If your doctor prescribes a PT treatment plan, experts recommend finishing the full course to reap the maximum benefits:

1. PT helps seniors feel stronger and more in control of the quality of their life.

2. Patients receive a personalized plan to target their individual needs.

3. PT plans may incorporate weights and exercises, which are performed with a trained professional for maximum benefit.

According to the American College of Healthcare and Technology, “As one ages, muscles naturally get weaker, which causes many seniors to suffer from falls and joint problems. With PT, balance, flexibility, and range of motion are improved. The possibility of losing independence, pain in performing everyday tasks, and losing function of limbs and muscles are all motivators for consulting a physical therapist.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes physical therapy and activity for seniors, adding that “it helps maintain the ability to live independently, and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.” Physical activity also reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression, and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.

Fox Point : 3300 Charles J. Miler Memorial Highway, McHenry, IL 60050 : 815.322.7166 : http://www.seniorlifestyles.com/foxpoint.

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