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Visible Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a proven approach to treating patients who have recently undergone surgery and are recovering from an injury, as well as patients who have certain disabilities and health conditions. While the advantages of physical therapy go beyond just physical improvements, the visible benefits can’t be denied. Routinely participating in physical therapy stretches and exercise can help patients recover faster and reach their mobility goals.

Ideal Home Care Services is proud to be a leading provider of first-class care services for patients located throughout Long Island. Here, we highlight the visible benefits of physical therapy for clients of home caregivers.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a medical treatment that’s used to help improve an individual’s functional movements. The treatment can be used to target every part of the body. Many patients seek physical therapy to treat conditions or injuries resulting in pain, movement dysfunction, or limited mobility. Physical therapy can also be used to help clients with the following:

  • Learn to use a cane, crutches, or a walker
  • Support a current lifestyle
  • Improve sleep
  • Develop better balance to prevent falls
  • Overcome physical challenges
  • Maintain dexterity and flexibility
  • Recover from the effects of a stroke
  • Prevent the development of disability after an accident
  • Enhance overall quality of life

Physical therapy is effective in both correction and prevention. The exercises performed in physical therapy can help patients correct functional movement imbalances, as well as prevent injury and improve performance.

Physical Therapy Benefits You Can See

While physical therapy has a wide range of benefits and uses, the most notable and obvious are changes to a patient’s body and mobility. It’s very common for patients to experience more than one positive outcome of physical therapy.

Increase Strength

Many patients experience a decrease in strength after surgery due to inactivity. In addition, as we age, our muscles tend to weaken over time. Physical therapy helps in this regard by targeting muscles and focusing on strengthening them. Patients will notice an improvement in strength and stamina. For example, going from a seated to a standing position can be much easier with the help of physical therapy.

Reduce Inflammation

Swelling from inflammation can cause a host of concerns for seniors and aging adults. The movements incorporated with physical therapy can help reduce swelling and stiffness. Because of their inflammation, some patients may be concerned that physical therapy will cause them more pain. However, typically, the opposite is true. By engaging in physical therapy, you reduce the pain and swelling by restoring joint and muscle function.

Improve Posture

Poor posture is one of the many things that can be corrected with physical therapy. The exercises completed during physical therapy can gradually correct an individual’s posture while they are in the sitting and standing position. Physical therapy accomplishes this by working on spinal strength. Increased spinal strength will provide additional support for the back.

Physical Therapy Services from Ideal Home Care Services

Clients can require physical therapy treatment for a number of reasons. Treatment offered by Ideal Home Care Services aims to target problem areas and improve the quality of life for patients. This is accomplished all from the comfort of the patient’s home.

With your needs in mind, our team of licensed and qualified professionals will develop a physical therapy treatment plan that can help you gain strength and increase mobility in the setting you feel most comfortable. Physical therapy services can be offered as a standalone service or paired alongside our other nursing care or personal care services. Our team works well together to ensure patients always receive the care and attention they need.

Learn More by Contacting Our Team

Based in Hauppauge, New York, and serving clients throughout Long Island, Ideal Home Care Services is happy to provide seniors the services they require to continue living full and active lives. For more information regarding what the benefits of physical therapy are and how we can help you achieve your movement goals, contact us today at Ideal Home Care Services.