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How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Strength and Help You Age Well

Aug 01, 2022
How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Strength and Help You Age Well
Worried about what aging means for your body? It’s natural to assume the worst. However, taking the right steps now can help you maintain your strength and mobility well into your golden years.

It’s no secret that aging changes your body and your life. But there are ways you can improve and protect your strength to maintain your health and vitality with each passing year.

Our team at Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc. believes in the three “wells” for our patients: feeling well, performing well, and aging well. And one of the most important aspects of health is movement, which is why we use customized physical therapy programs to help create strong and healthy bodies. 

If you want to keep your body strong as you age, here’s how a personalized physical therapy program can help.

Why physical therapy?

Most people associate physical therapy with recovering from an injury or surgery. However, this specialized area of healthcare also offers preventive solutions that help reduce injuries, prevent physical disability, and even minimize functional decline.

Unfortunately, many people lose strength, balance, and flexibility as they age. These physical changes increase the risk of several complications, such as:

  • Traumatic falls
  • Increased pain
  • Reduced stamina
  • Muscle weakness
  • More infections

At the same time, they can lead to lost self-confidence and independence. But there’s good news. 

People often use physical therapy to manage common conditions associated with aging, like osteoporosis, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease. But you don’t have to wait to tap into this extraordinary resource. Instead, starting a personalized program before there’s a problem can help improve your strength and preserve your health and mobility in the years to come.

The benefits of physical therapy as you age

You need to focus on five specific components to keep your body fit and healthy:

  • Strength 
  • Posture
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Endurance

As we mentioned above, these are the very areas that often decline with age. Physical therapy uses special movements to fortify and improve these components, so you can have a stronger and healthier body and better quality of life as you age.

What to expect from your physical therapy program

At Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc., we take the time to assess your unique needs before outlining a personalized program to help improve your strength, flexibility, and overall physical health. You can rest easy knowing our experts make recommendations based on your fitness levels and overall health, so your program is completely safe. 

Our physical therapy programs use the Keen Healthy Movement™ System (KHMS). This unique approach views the body as a whole, complete entity instead of as a sum of individual parts or injuries. Through this lens, we create a 360-degree approach to healing, including modalities to improve and protect your strength, balance, and mobility.

Your physical therapy program will work to:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Improve alignment
  • Balance soft tissue
  • Correct posture
  • Reduce and prevent muscle tightness
  • Promote healing
  • Enhance movement
  • Safeguard mobility

In most cases, you can expect your personalized physical therapy plan to involve a combination of exercises, supporting lifestyle changes, and manual therapy like massage. It may also include other healing protocols, such as shockwave therapy or restorative medicine treatments.

Your physical therapy program gives you the tools and insight you need to take a more proactive role in your health so you can achieve the three “wells,” and maintain them for life.

Ready to see how physical therapy can improve your body and help you age well? Contact Salutem Bio-Performance, Inc. in Monterey, California, to schedule a consultation by calling 831-293-8659 today.