Real Health Rehab Provides Geriatric Physical Therapy
At Real Health Rehab located at Riverwalk Village Center we take real pride in taking of this unique population in our community.
Geriatric physical therapy covers a wide area of issues concerning people as they go through normal adult aging but is usually focused on the older adult. There are many conditions that affect many people as they grow older and include but are not limited to the following: arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hip and joint replacement, balance disorders, incontinence, etc. Geriatric physical therapists specialize in providing therapy for such conditions in older adults.
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Forms of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Exercise - Exercise is designed to both maintain and improve a person’s coordination, muscle strength, flexibility and physical endurance, as well as their balance. Exercise in relation to geriatric therapy might include activities such as stretching, walking, weight lifting, aquatic therapy, and specific exercises that are geared towards a particular injury or limitation.
A physical therapist works with the person, teaching them to exercise on their own, so they may continue their exercise program at home.
Manual Therapy - Manual therapy is applied with the goals of improving the person’s circulation and restoring mobility they may have lost due to an injury or lack of use. This form of therapy is also used to reduce pain. Manual therapy can include manipulation of the person’s joints and muscles, as well as massage.
Education - Education is important to the success and effectiveness of geriatric physical therapy. People are taught ways of performing daily tasks safely. Physical therapists teach people how to use assistive devices, as well as how to protect themselves from further injury. Older adults can utilize physical therapy as a means for regaining their independence.