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Can Physical Therapy Help You Live Better? You Bet!

Would you be open to trying a non-medical treatment that has helped millions of seniors manage arthritis, incontinence, and Alzheimer’s disease, while restoring mobility and reducing the risk of falls? This treatment, which can lower healthcare costs over time, is known as physical therapy.

The goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain and increase mobility for better strength and balance. It is common for seniors to overlook physical therapy as a preventative measure due to the belief that it is only beneficial after an illness or fall. That couldn’t be further from the truth – maintaining optimum flexibility and strength in key muscle groups is important to maintain a lifestyle you desire, and even if you’ve never experienced an injury or illness, it can help you prevent one in the future.

Here are 4 reasons why you should try physical therapy for a better, healthier life:

Reduces the Risk of Falls
One in four Americans aged 65+ falls each year, making falls the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injury for older Americans. Falls threaten your safety, independence, and cause overwhelming amounts of economic and personal costs for medical care. (In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion.) A Physical Therapist can teach you a variety of exercises (that you will also do at home!) emphasizing flexibility, muscle strength, and the proper walking techniques to reduce the risk of future falls.

Treats Pain Using Custom Exercise Routines
In treatment, you work to develop your muscles and bones solely through a combination of exercises customized to fit your specific needs. You can be confident that your experienced physical therapist will give you the ultimate care and support to meet your goals.

Lowers the Risk of Infection
Your physical therapist can also work with you to help minimize or eliminate the potential spread of diseases or infections. A reduction in exercise or no activity at all increases the likelihood of pneumonia, diabetes, hypertension, and circulatory problems, which are the result of a lack of moving. Therefore, it is important to incorporate regular exercises, such as walking or weight-bearing workout routines, to improve flow, immune health, and overall strength.

Helps You Maintain a Happy and Healthy Lifestyle
Exercise is a key component to good health. It has been shown to improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety, and stress, while ultimately boosting your physicality. As we age, it becomes increasingly challenging to stay motivated, but making a conscious effort to maintain your day to day life through exercise is essential to your happiness.

When you incorporate regular physical activity into your lifestyle, you open the door to renewed enjoyment and appreciation for life. There’s no better feeling than self-love and care – you deserve to feel confident and strong every day. Give physical therapy a go and push to reach your goals one day at a time.

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