For seniors, the ability to maintain a level of independence well into their old age and be mobile around without the need for constant assistance is very important. It can do wonders for their confidence.
Research shows that seniors can successfully increase their strength, even when they’re in their 90s, proving it is never too late to start taking care of oneself physically.
Physical therapy is a non-drug treatment that utilizes different forms of physical exercise and rehabilitation strategies. The dedicated team at Gary and Mary West PACE provide physical, occupational and speech therapy to help participants maintain and improve mobility, strength, and the skills necessary for enjoying independent life to the fullest.
The Goal of Physical Therapy
Alleviating pain, restoring functionality and improving the quality of daily life are the three most notable goals of physical therapy.
When performed correctly, it has the ability to increase strength, motion, flexibility, coordination, and endurance — all of which can help to form and maintain an acceptable level of fitness.
A few examples of physical therapy include:
- Aquatic Rehabilitation: Aquatherapy is performed in water to assist in rehabilitation. It helps with muscle relaxation, improving joint mobility and reducing pain.
- Hot Packs: Help to relax tight muscles, lower pain caused by muscle spasms, and cause vasodilation — which increases blood circulation to the affected area.
- Electrical Stimulation: A form of physical therapy that uses mild electrical pulses to repair injured muscles and ease pain.
- Ice Packs: Frequently used in pain therapy, ice packs help by lowering the swelling and muscle spasm around the affected area.
Physical therapy has a long list of advantages. Some of the most notable benefits of physical therapy include:
- Lowered Dependence on Prescription Drugs: Reduced pain means reduced dependence on painkillers and other prescription drugs.
- Lowered Risk of Injury: When seniors regain mobility and strength, they’re less likely to have trouble walking which, in turn, lowers the risk of fall-related injury.
- Regaining Independence: With mobility comes independence. As seniors find themselves lowering their dependence on others, it fills them with confidence and enhances their quality of life.
Our PACE Therapies Approach
At the core of our practice is the belief that every senior requires a diversified set of treatments and therapies, suited to their specific needs. Our rehabilitation programs for seniors often involve a combination of physical, occupational, and speech therapies, each tailored to the individual.
The Gary and Mary West PACE Physical Therapist works with participants to incorporate therapeutic exercise, fitness, strength training, massage, and other modalities in treating the overall well-being of each participant. Physical therapy can help participants achieve goals like learning to walk independently and other significant improvements in mobility.
Occupational therapy is an evidence-based treatment practice that’s deeply rooted in science and has proven to work on patients of all ages.
This form of therapy involves the therapeutic use of daily activities tailored to the individual’s specific needs. Occupational therapy practitioners at PACE enable seniors to live a fulfilling life by helping them promote health and prevent (or manage) injury, illness or disability.
It also includes an initial evaluation during which the Occupational Therapist determines the senior’s goals and assesses their ability to perform daily activities.
The GMWP Occupational Therapist also evaluates the home environment for the safety of each participant. They will also assess any need to incorporate the use of assistive devices for participants requiring help with daily living activities and improved independence in the home.
Gary and Mary West PACE participants also have access to speech therapists who can assist with speech recovery and improvement following a sudden illness or stroke. This can also include swallowing therapy to keep participants thriving.
In addition to the participant’s prescribed therapy programs, group exercise programs are also available at GMWP for all participants. Currently, available group programs include yoga, stretching classes, and chair Tai Chi.
Physical Therapy Services at West PACE, San Marcos
At the Gary and Mary West PACE senior fitness gym in San Marcos, our dedicated therapy team works with participants to help retain and refine the strength and skills needed to remain in their own homes and enjoy life to the fullest.
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