It doesn’t matter how healthy you are; as you get older, your body will change. As a result of aging, your bone density and muscle mass may decrease, your body’s fat levels can increase, and your joints may get stiffer. But did you know that half of age-related changes that happen to your bones, muscles and joints occur not directly because of your age, but because of disuse? By remaining active, you can minimize the effects aging has on your body and stay agile, healthy and independent for longer. If you’ve already noticed these changes happening to you, a physiotherapist in Victoria, BC can help get you back into shape.
Avoid Injury and Chronic Pain
Physiotherapists don’t just treat injuries, they also teach their patients how to avoid injury and pain by helping them to maintain mobility and balance.
If you have chronic pain caused by arthritis or old injuries that never healed properly, physiotherapy can reduce or even cure your pain. This can help you avoid pharmaceutical pain medications, which often have undesirable side effects or react badly with other medications.
Stay Fit and Have Fun
If you’ve always been an athlete, your age shouldn’t stop you from staying active. A physiotherapist understands how your body changes as you age and can teach you how to adapt your training in a way that works for your lifestyle. Physiotherapy will reduce your chance of injury due to repetitive movement and allow you to continue practicing the sports you love.
Conditions Helped by Physiotherapy
There are many physical issues and ailments that physiotherapy can help with. Some of these include:
- Neck and/or back pain
- Old or new injuries
- Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and muscular dystrophy
- Recovery from surgery or an accident
- Breathing issues such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)
- Heart disease
Your first visit with your physiotherapist at Synergy Health Centre in Victoria, BC will involve a detailed evaluation of your needs and physical health. From there, we’ll create a detailed plan made specifically for you. This will likely include exercises to increase your co-ordination, strength, flexibility and range of motion. You’ll probably also be given homework, exercises to do at home at regular intervals. Physiotherapy can also include acupuncture, massage and other techniques designed to help you regain your physical well-being.
Visit Synergy Health Centre for a Consultation
If you’re not sure if you can benefit from physiotherapy, come see us for an evaluation. Our multi-disciplinary team also includes chiropractors, massage therapists and personal trainers to offer integrated health and wellness services to people of all ages in Victoria, BC. Contact us today or book an appointment online.