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What is physiotherapy for Seniors?

Physiotherapy can help seniors maintain optimal health & independence and maximize quality of life throughout the aging process.  The expertise of a physiotherapist is particularly useful in maintaining (or achieving) optimal physical function through therapeutic exercise.

Therapists use valid and reliable tests and measurements that help them identify their patient’s strengths and weaknesses.  Using these tests, a physiotherapist can create individualized treatment plans so patients get the most out of the work they put into it.

Physical and psychological resiliency are both a product of good overall physical health. Physical resiliency can lead to long lasting independence; it can prevent the onset many conditions and aide in the recovery from adverse events (ie. major surgery). In cases where an adverse event has already taken place, a physiotherapist can help with recovery.

Physiotherapy is also beneficial to the families of aging individuals.  Therapists can provide valuable insights into how to manage complex conditions and how family members can help to improve their loved one’s quality of life.

Please note

This article is not intended to be a literature review.  While some literature may be cited in some cases, this article should not be used as scientific-evidence of a treatment or service.  Please contact your physiotherapist or other appropriate health care provider to better understand the scientific literature supporting or refuting the use of a particular treatment.

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