9 Tips From Physical Therapists To Help You

9 Tips From Physical Therapists

We all know it’s impossible to turn back time, but it is possible to delay or slow it down a little. A lot of health problems caused by age can be prevented or even stopped by just the right kind of physical activity.

If you want to regain movement and keep it, get beyond physical pain and hold on to your independence, there are things you can do about it. Physical therapists can help you do all that and more without the need for medications or surgery – all through physical activity.

Keep reading for the 9 best ways to delay the signs and symptoms of aging.

1. You don’t have to let chronic pain rule your life

Even though millions of Americans suffer from the effects of chronic pain, with the right kind of mobility training and pain management, it is possible to enjoy your life free of pain. This means no more lost wages from missing work or overspending on prescription drugs and doctor’s’ visits.

2. It’s possible to build muscle as you age

With the proper exercise regime, you can build muscle and increase strength even in advanced years. A proper regimen of resistance training tailored to your abilities can help prevent you from becoming frail in later years.

3. You might be able to treat lower back pain with physical therapy

Far too often, lower back pain is treated by dangerous operations or prescription medications. The truth is, many causes of this type of pain can be managed and even healed by a skilled physical therapist.

4. Regular exercise can manage and prevent diabetes

While obesity is still the leading cause of type 2 diabetes among Americans aged 60 and over, lack of physical activity is also a huge contributing factor. Whether you’ve already been diagnosed or want to prevent it from happening, regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Even a little more activity has been shown to manage symptoms as well as keep them from occurring in the first place.

5. Physical activity can improve balance

95% of hip fractures in Americans 65 and older are caused by falls. In fact, one in three in that demographic will fall each year, leading to injury and loss of mobility. By exercising regularly and engaging in group physical activity, you can improve your balance and mobility and help others to do so.

6. Physical therapy can help your bones

All types of physical activity, whether you engage in strength training or light cardio, can help improve bone density and strength. This will help prevent signs of osteoporosis and lead to a stronger, more resilient you.

7. Exercise is great for your heart

You probably know that the leading cause of death in America is heart disease. You’ve heard that eating right and taking medications can help prevent it. Did you also know that regular exercise which gets your blood flowing and your circulation up can also prevent it? Even if you already have heart disease, just adding more movement into your daily life can help manage symptoms and improve your overall health.

8. Your brain is also a muscle that needs exercise

I’m not just talking about the Sunday crossword here. Physical activity has been proven to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as improve mental acuity and lead to greater memory retention later in life.

9. Increased physical exercise will improve bladder control

Bladder leakage is an unfortunately common complaint amongst Americans, but with help from a physical therapist, you can improve your musculature and get rid of the need for pads and constant trips to the restroom.
The truth is that many Americans don’t get enough exercise or incorporate enough activity into their lives as they get older. However, by setting aside time every day and working out a routine that takes into account your personal abilities, you can live a longer, more comfortable life with increased mobility, decreased pain and the independence you want.