How Physical Therapy Can Help You Maintain Mobility and Strength as You Age

It’s easy to assume that you’re destined to have failing strength and reduced mobility as you age. Not necessarily. When you include physical therapy in your wellness plan, you can maintain your health and vitality well into your golden years. 

If you want to preserve your overall wellness as you age, the experienced team at Shift Wellness, located in the Union Square neighborhood of New York City, recommends physical therapy. Here’s what you need to know about our personalized approach and how it can support your health through every stage of life.

Who can benefit from physical therapy?

Most people think about physical therapy after they’ve hurt themselves. Think again. This specialized type of health care can function as a preventive strategy to reduce injuries, functional decline, and physical disability.

As you age, it’s common to lose your strength, flexibility, and balance. These changes put you at risk of several complications, including: 

As a result, you can lose your independence and self-confidence. While many experts prescribe physical therapy as a way to manage injuries or conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease, starting today can help preserve your health and mobility.

The secret to physical fitness

When it comes to optimal fitness, regardless of age, it’s crucial to focus on five key areas:

That’s what sets physical therapy apart from other exercise plans. At Shift Wellness, our experts take time to assess your individual needs before developing a personalized and holistic approach to keeping you in optimal health. We also customize your exercise program to you, depending on your overall health and fitness levels.

By following our guidelines, physical therapy can help safely restore or improve your strength, flexibility, range of motion, and endurance. It also improves your coordination, which can reduce your chances of falling.

Additional benefits of physical therapy

Physical therapy not only preserves your overall wellness, but it can also help manage existing conditions, even if you don’t have obvious symptoms. For example, most people over 65 have arthritis in their spine, but they may not realize it until the condition advances and causes irreversible damage.

To slow the progression of age-related issues, we might also recommend other techniques as part of your healthy aging program, such as:

Don’t wait for an injury or reduced mobility before you start to benefit from physical therapy; begin your personalized preventive program today. Contact Shift Wellness. Either call us at 212-604-1316 for an in-person or telehealth appointment or schedule online

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