One of the most common questions I get as a Physical Therapist is from people over the age of sixty, asking what they can do to stay healthy as they age.
This is a loaded question as there are so many things that can be done or modified in one’s life to assure for healthy aging. I have been able to condense this answer down to just a few key points.
There is no question that people that keep themselves busy have a tendency to be healthier. Part of the reason is because when one is busy doing things, they don’t have the opportunity to think about or dwell on other things (like physical ailments, stressors in their life, etc). I encourage seniors to make sure they socialize with family and friends, volunteer, etc. A general rule of thumb that works is to make sure you see at least one person every day.
It’s no secret that exercise has endless benefits for your health and wellbeing. Regular exercise can help prevent heart disease, diabetes and pain associated with arthritis. The focus of the exercise routine should be on flexibility, strength, endurance, and
balance. This will aid in the prevention of falls. I recommend thirty minute cardiovascular exercises performed daily which will help burn calories, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and increase energy levels. Strengthening exercises using weights or other forms of resistance training will help build muscle, which will assist in balance. Strengthening exercises include (but not limited to) squats, arm raises, bicep curls, rows, side and back leg raises, and heel raises. Stretching exercises should target large muscle groups including the quadriceps, hamstrings, calf muscles, arms and
chest muscles. For individuals with limited mobility and/or pain, low impact exercises like swimming, yoga, and tai chi are great options. Exercise benefits are more than just body, but also benefit emotional health by maintaining an active lifestyle.
Providing your body with a good diet can help you stay active and remain active. As you age, your metabolism slows down, which means you need fewer calories than before. It’s important to choose foods that provide the best nutritional value, such as lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low fat dairy. In order to maintain your weight, it’s important that you use the recommended servings. Lastly, staying hydrated is crucial to prevent dehydration, fatigue and to maintain an adequate fluid balance in the body.
When in good health, seniors can stay active and do more. As health needs change, healthy living is the best way to avoid disease, improve one’s quality of life, and live longer.
Focus on utilitarian and function rather than fashion (sorry Lululemon). Wear good supportive shoes, proper clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
It’s ok to challenge yourself, but pushing yourself when hiking on Arizona trails, especially when you’re deconditioned, not prepared, or have a medical condition, can lead to injury.
So, next time you decide to take advantage of one of Arizona’s beautiful hiking trails, be smart and follow the pointers provided above. Also, ask the advice of your Physical Therapist at ReThrive to determine whether you are physically capable.
Relaxation is key during the holidays since so much of the holiday season is the opposite of relaxing. Find time to sit on the couch and read your favorite book or watch TV. This will balance out all of the busy activity.
The goal of physical therapy is to help you recover from an acute or chronic injury, improve your overall wellness, and reach your physical therapy goals while optimizing your outcome.
Mobile physical therapy involves a licensed doctor of physical therapy providing physical therapy treatment and rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home or wherever you may need it.
The advantages of mobile physical therapy include individualized evaluation and treatment, direct access to a licensed specialist, the ability to enable recovery and deliver rehabilitation services in the comfort of your own home, and the convenience of not having to travel to an outpatient or traditional clinic.
Each person's situation is unique, so consult with a healthcare professional to discuss individual needs and determine whether mobile physical therapy is appropriate.
es, mobile physical therapists can work with seniors on a range of conditions, including arthritis, Parkinson's disease, recovery from injuries, or surgeries like hip and knee replacements.
Mobile physical therapy sessions generally include an initial assessment, creation of personalized treatment plans, and implementation of targeted exercises and interventions. These at-home sessions can also involve guidance on mobility aids and adaptive strategies.
e are not contracted with any insurance companies, including Medicare.
An insurance-accepting physical therapy clinic typically schedules at least two to four patients per hour. A majority of the time is spent on passive modalities while patients are guided through exercises by trained assistants.
ReThrive provides one-on-one care without the constraints of health insurance. As a result, we can maximize our time with the patient, without being restricted to focusing on one body part alone. With a full hour of one-on-one time, improvements can be made more quickly.
In comparison to standard private practice clinical treatment sessions, this allows for a more intensive treatment session. Recovery is often quicker as a result.
Upon request, ReThrive can provide you with a receipt that includes billing and diagnosis codes that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. ReThrive does not process your reimbursement claim.
Each carrier's reimbursement amount will vary. To find out how much your insurance pays for out-of-network Physical Therapy, contact your insurance provider.
We provide mobile physical therapy services in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas.
You can call our office directly to make an appointment.
We offer a range of physical therapy treatments, including manual therapy, dry needling, joint mobilization, balance training, posture correction, rotator cuff rehabilitation, body mechanics training, and other wellness services to help you recover, deliver and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
Concierge physical therapy is a personalized approach to physical therapy treatment that focuses on individualized care, goal setting, and a one-on-one relationship with your licensed doctor of physical therapy.
Mobile physical therapy is a direct access service that does not require referral from a specialist or physician, while home health services require a referral and certification for reimbursement. Mobile physical therapy also focuses on rehabilitation and recovery, while home health services may include a wider range of medical services.
A licensed doctor of physical therapy can evaluate your post-surgical needs, develop an individualized rehabilitation plan, and provide manual therapy and other physical therapy treatments to help you recover faster and more effectively.