How Physiotherapy Can Help The Elderly

The physical effects of ageing are well known. These include:

  • Decreased muscle mass and therefore strength.
  • Decreased elasticity of tendons and ligaments leading to muscle and joint stiffness.
  • Decreased strength in the heart muscles also making it harder to pump blood around the body.
  • Osteoporosis (weakening of bones leading to fractures).
  • Joint stiffness and arthritis.

The processes of ageing can be slowed by regular stretching and exercise. Current research shows many benefits of activity in the elderly including: increasing muscle mass and slowing the effects of ageing, decreased risk of falling, increasing blood flow and improving cardio function, maintaining independence etc.

Physiotherapy can help guide you in a gentle, safe activity or exercise program according to your needs. Recommendations to improve safety in the home or walking can also be made. Prescribing walkers, aides, hip protectors etc can all help to prevent injuries in the elderly in Bergen.

Physiotherapy treatment services (massage, electrical and movement therapy) to help ease the pain of arthritis or other injuries are important to provide comfort and allow better quality of life for our elderly population.

Vitum Fysioterapi Bergen physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal conditions such as neck, headache, back or other joint and muscle pain, in providing rehabilitation after strokes or surgery such as joint replacements or for broken bones, and in treating a range of other conditions.

Physiotherapy can reduce pain associated with day-to-day work, recreational or sporting injuries, whether they are recent or longer-term problems. Aches or pains that you have been putting up with a long time can often be eliminated or alleviated with treatment that addresses both the underlying causes and the symptoms of the problem.

How Physiotherapy Can Help In The Workplace

The Workplace can be a place where there is high risk of injuries. From acute strains and sprains from heavier tasks to repetitive overuse injuries. Physiotherapy helps improve pain and movement from workplace injuries as well as provide you with strategies to help prevent pain and injuries. These strategies may include: stretching and warm up exercises, specific strengthening for your job, ergonomic desk and workstation setup etc.

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