Physical therapy is often thought about as being something mostly clinical.
Maybe someone you know has had this type of treatment recommended for them after being injured in a car accident or following surgery. Perhaps a senior has been told that they could benefit from an expert therapist who can help their muscles work better so they can build their strength and flexibility.
The team at Accredited Home Care is proud to offer the services of several skilled physical therapists, occupational therapists, and massage therapists. We know how valuable all of these therapies can be to any of our clients, no matter their age or medical condition.
We know that physical therapy goes beyond basic “maintenance” as well – good physical therapists also are great at creating connections between people and improving their quality of life, something that’s so important.
By working with clients over time, whether it’s a few days, a few weeks, or longer, they can help them improve significant parts of their life, including reducing their pain and gaining mobility. Both of these areas can be vital when someone is trying to be as independent as possible and not wanting to move to an assisted living or rehabilitation community.
Not being in pain goes a long way in helping someone’s life in general – chronic pain can reduce energy levels and motivation, and often can lead to depression or anxiety. Common remedies for pain, such as pharmaceuticals, come with risks as well.
Physical therapists are genuinely interested in helping people improve their lives, no matter their age. In many cases, the same therapist may continue to work with the same client through the healing process, from the initial treatment to final recovery.
Some people may never be able to get fully back where they were prior to whatever condition required them to get therapy, but they can recover to a point where they can manage to get around on their own.
Sometimes, a physical therapist may offer different steps to wellness. They may need to correct something vital first, and then work on other parts of the body in stages. Or they can coordinate and communicate with other skilled therapists and specialists to provide even more care.
A bond can also be created – although a physical therapist might consider what they’re doing as “just doing their job,” they can help people achieve so much and improve so much that they can continue to live at home and not have to relocate. Because so many people, especially seniors, prize their independence, someone who can help them achieve this certainly gets high marks.
The various physical therapy associations also stress the “human side” of interacting with patients rather than the mechanical/clinical side or at least have it lower in priority.
For instance, the American Physical Therapy Association includes several important principles in its codes of ethics. This includes promoting the health of clients, showing integrity, building relationships, and more. Members agree to abide by certain core values as well, such as compassion, altruism, accountability, and more. Association members are also asked to focus on social responsibility, building relationships, and looking for ways to better themselves professionally and personally.
Physical therapists also seeing positive results, since this is why they do what they do. Everyone wins.
Details of physical therapy
The number of services a physical therapist can potentially offer to their clients is quite a long list. He or she may not offer all of them to every client – it depends on each person and their particular conditions and needs.
But generally, physical therapy is great for a number of conditions and provides a variety of benefits, including:
- Pain management
- Moving limbs as needed
- Creating customized exercise plans for people for the days the physical therapist can’t visit. Think of this as ‘homework’ to speed up your rate of progress.
- Strategies for daily living activities. (Slightly different from occupational therapy which teaches specific tasks).
- Various motions and procedures to help limbs and muscles, such as hot and cold.
- Learning skills to improve balance and reduce the risk of falls, which can be dangerous or even deadly.
- Helping avoid surgery.
According to Medical News Today, a physical therapist can help a client set and reach their short-term and long-term goals. This can start with increasing overall levels of physical fitness, plus specific tasks related to a medical condition, such as regaining mobility that might have been lost to a stroke.
Physical therapy can help with strength training, flexibility training, and routine injuries such as broken bones or sprains.
It can help with rehabilitation and overall recovery from medical procedures. Even general complaints like back pain can be addressed.
It’s not just physical conditions either – physical therapy can assist with neurological conditions like damage from strokes, degenerative diseases, Parkin’s disease, or traumatic brain injuries.
There are many ways that physical therapy can help but the overall human connection is particularly useful.