How Physical Therapy Can Improve Balance, Strength, and Flexibility as You Age

Losing strength, mobility, and independence isn’t inevitable as you age. As the saying goes: Use it or lose it! Physical therapy can help you maintain the best possible health and thrive well into your golden years. 

It’s common to assume physical therapy is the answer to injury or surgery, but it offers so much more. Daniel Maenner, DO, DC, and our team of experienced therapy professionals at The Doctor’s House can help you preserve your overall wellness as you age. Here, we explain how physical therapy can support the aging process so you feel vital and inspired, no matter your age.

Physical therapy is for everyone

Physical therapy is especially helpful if you’ve experienced an injury. It can also help you return to function after surgery or an illness. But physical therapy isn’t isolated to these circumstances.

This specialized type of health care can function as a preventive strategy, too. Physical therapy helps reduce functional decline, physical disability, and injury.

As you get older and often more sedentary, you’re vulnerable to losing considerable strength, flexibility, and balance. These changes put you at risk of complications including: 

These physical changes can cause you to become less confident in your abilities and more dependent on others. While many physicians prescribe physical therapy as a way to manage injuries or conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, engaging in a physical therapy regimen can help preserve your health and mobility — even if you’re disease- and injury-free.

Emphasis on functional fitness

Physical fitness isn’t just defined by your ability to run a 5K or lift heavy weights. Each and every day, you benefit from being fit to complete basic functions. Fitness has the following components:

The physical therapy team at The Doctor’s House takes time to assess your individual needs before developing a personalized and holistic approach to keeping you in optimal health. We also customize your exercise program so it fits your overall health and fitness levels.

Physical therapy safely and effectively helps you restore or improve your strength, range of motion, flexibility, and stamina. It improves coordination, too, which can reduce your chances of falling.

Physical therapy slows age-related physical decline

The right physical therapy plan helps you manage any existing chronic conditions, even if you don’t feel especially compromised. For example, most people over 65 have arthritis in their spine, but many may not realize it until it worsens and causes irreversible damage. 

To slow the progression of age-related issues and manage any existing pain and stiffness, Dr. Maenner and your dedicated physical therapist may also recommend treatments like trigger point injections and osteopathic manipulations. These complementary therapies support your ability to maximize your quality of life. 

Don’t wait for an injury or reduced mobility before you start to benefit from physical therapy. Begin a personalized preventive program today. Patients in and around West New York, New Jersey, can contact The Doctor’s House by phone or use the online appointment request tool to set up a consultation.

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