Physical Therapy Tips That Can Help You Age Well

After making a diagnosis, primary care doctors often refer their patients to physical therapists who create personalized treatment plans that help their patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions.

Physical exercises are considered a conservative approach to managing problems. What makes physical therapy so important? Here are certain tips recommended by physical therapists for healthy living.

1. Chronic pain shouldn’t bother you

Chronic pain affects between 30% and 50% of the world population. People experience chronic pain from arthritis or other conditions, costing billions in medical treatment. Proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques can ease the pain while moving and at rest, improving your overall quality of life.

2. You can get stronger when you’re older

As per the research, improvements in strength and physical function are possible in the 60s, 70s, and even 80s and older with an appropriate exercise program. Progressive resistance training, in which muscles are exercised against resistance that gets more difficult as strength improves, has been shown to prevent frailty.

3. Surgery or drugs may not be required for lower back pain

Low back pain is often over-treated with surgery and drugs despite scientific evidence demonstrating that physical therapy can be an effective alternative and with much less risk than surgery and long-term use of medications.

4. Diabetes and exercise

Diabetes is now a disease that affects 371 million people worldwide. Obesity and physical inactivity can put you at risk for this disease. But a regular, appropriate physical activity routine is one of the best ways to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes.

5. Exercise prevents falls

Group-based exercises led by a physical therapist can improve movement and balance and reduce your risk of falls. It can also reduce the risk of hip fractures (95% of which are caused by falls).

6. Your bones need exercise

Osteoporosis or weak bones affects more than half of the people aged 54 and above. Exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercises using resistance, such as weightlifting, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.

7. Your heart needs exercise

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death across the world. Exercise is one of the top ways of preventing it and other cardiovascular diseases. Research shows that if you already have heart disease, appropriate exercise can improve your health.

8. Your brain needs exercise

People who are physically active even later in life are less likely to develop memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects more than 40% of people over the age of 85.

9. You don’t “just have to live with” bladder leakage

Urinary incontinence/uncontrolled leakage of urine is a common problem seen in certain people with bladder problems. If you are one of these people with the condition, don’t spend years relying on pads or rushing to the bathroom. Seek help from a physical therapist.

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