Physiotherapists:

  • are specialists in posture, alignment and movement who help people perform better in everyday activities such as sitting, walking, work and sports with increased ease, less pain and fewer obstacles.
  • treat conditions affecting the bones, nerves, soft tissues and structure of the body caused by injury, deformity or disease. The treatment involves physical methods such as ice, heat, manual therapy techniques, massage and exercise in place of drugs or surgery. It is a hands-on approach to facilitating optimal and safe movement, exercise, health and wellness.  To move better, is to feel better and have enhanced quality of life.
  • understand the physiology of the aging process, the influence that chronic conditions can have on balance and mobility. This knowledge is used to potentially prevent chronic conditions, the physical limitations associated with them and to promote best functioning even in the presence of illness.

The Physio For Seniors physiotherapy program addresses the complex interaction of multiple issues associated with the aging process. These issues include multiple medical diagnoses, social and emotional needs, mobility and balance impairments and challenges in independent living.

Conditions treated:

  • Musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions – e.g. neck, back, hip, knee, shoulder pain
  • Pre-and post-surgical conditions – e.g. total hip or knee replacements
  • Mobility loss due to Stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions
  • Muscle weakness and deconditioning e.g. post hospitalization, surgery, fall or illness
  • Poor posture and alignment
  • Muscle tightness and contractures
  • Falls risk and Balance issues
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and other respiratory conditions

Methods used:

RELEASE: stretching, joint range of motion, hot packs, massage

ALIGNMENT : sitting and standing posture,positioning in the wheelchair and in bed, height adjustment of walking aids, walking alignment, movement and gait training

BALANCE: core muscle strength, trunk control and stability, joint stability, muscle coordination, static/ dynamic sitting and standing balance, gait training, protective balance reactions.

STRENGTHENING: strength training and conditioning, active assisted, active and resisted exercises, increasing endurance and resilience of muscles, tendons, bones as well as the cardiovascular system.

PAIN MANAGEMENT involves evaluating the cause of pain from a whole body, holistic systems perspective and using the above tools to reduce load on the painful structures by promoting even load distribution and better alignment.