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6 benefits of physiotherapy for seniors

December 1st, 2023

Physiotherapy has numerous benefits to offer seniors. Here are some key advantages of these treatments for adults as they age.

1. Pain management

Physiotherapy helps seniors manage and alleviate the chronic pain associated with conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Through techniques like manual therapy, heat/cold therapy and exercise therapy, physiotherapists can help elderly individuals reduce pain and improve their overall level of comfort.

2. Rehabilitation

Seniors who undergo a surgical procedure, such as a joint replacement, and those who require rehabilitation after an injury can benefit from visiting a physiotherapist. Physiotherapy often plays a crucial role in recovery from health issues or setbacks. With customized exercises and therapies, it can facilitate healing, help restore range of motion and assist in rebuilding strength.

3. Improved mobility and balance

Aging can lead to reduced mobility and balance, increasing the risk of falls and injuries. Physiotherapy programs designed for seniors focus on improving muscle strength, flexibility and agility, enabling them to move with maximum ease. This can enhance independence and reduce the likelihood of accidents.

4. Enhanced quality of life

By promoting functional independence and addressing any individual physical limitations, physiotherapy can help enrich a senior’s quality of life. A more fulfilling and active lifestyle is the natural result of being able to perform daily activities, engage in favourite hobbies and recreational pursuits and maintain social connections.

5. Fall prevention

A significant concern for seniors is slips and falls, as these can result in serious injuries and health complications. A physiotherapist can assess an individual’s balance, strength and gait. This allows them to develop a completely customized exercise program to improve stability and reduce the risk of falls. Plus, they can recommend assistive devices and educate seniors on home safety measures.

6. Disease management

Seniors with chronic conditions like Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis can benefit from physiotherapy. Therapeutic interventions aimed at managing symptoms can enhance motor function and maximize independence within the limitations of the condition. This can consequently improve overall well-being.

It’s important to note that physiotherapy treatments for seniors are highly individualized. Consulting a qualified physiotherapist or healthcare professional is essential to determine the most appropriate interventions for an individual’s circumstances. 

Seniors living in British Columbia may be able to get free physiotherapy treatments under MSP coverage.

Physiotherapy for Seniors on the Lower Mainland 

The Back in Motion Health team includes more than 250 caring professionals. We’re proud to offer quality care for seniors from our clinics in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, North Vancouver, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver. All our locations are fully accessible, and many seniors find our telehealth services convenient. We directly bill most insurance providers and accept MSP and ICBC. To book a consultation, contact us today.

David Hendry | Physiotherapist

David graduated from the UBC Masters of Physical Therapy program and holds a bachelor degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. He brings into his physiotherapy practice 5 years of experience as a Kinesiologist designing and implementing active rehabilitation programs and experience as a fitness trainer for over ten years. 

David’s own experience with chronic injuries has led to a deep appreciation for the role of the physiotherapist in walking with clients down the pathway to restoring function and quality of life. David has completed mobilization with movement (Mulligan) courses for both Upper and Lower Quadrants as well as the Level II Upper and Lower Orthopedic Manual Therapy courses. He enjoys a varied caseload working with patients with vestibular issues, concussion and various types of musculoskeletal injuries.

Book online with David Hendry in Coquitlam