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Geriatric Physiotherapy Edmonton

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Geriatric Physiotherapy Edmonton

Are age-related pain or mobility issues affecting your daily life?

Do you want to figure out what works best for you to recover and regain your strength?

We at Turning Point will be there along with you every step of the way!

Here, we specialize in geriatric physiotherapy and will provide you with the necessary comprehensive care:

  • Experiencing pain or stiffness in your joints?
  • Want to know if physiotherapy can help manage age-related conditions?
  • Looking for effective solutions to improve your balance and prevent falls?
  • Do you need expert advice to stay active without worry?

Rediscover comfort and strength with our geriatric physiotherapy services in Edmonton.

Your path to optimal health begins here!

Ready to prioritize your well-being? Schedule your appointment with Turning Point Physical Therapy now.

Common Conditions Faced By Older People That We Can Help With

Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes inflammation and stiffness, leading to pain, swelling, and joint mobility issues. It can affect people of all ages and commonly impacts the hands, knees, hips, and spine. In severe cases, arthritis can lead to joint deformities and significantly impair daily activities.
Osteoporosis is when bones become fragile and break easily due to a high chance of fractures or low-energy injuries when they are under otherwise normal circumstances, usually in old age. It makes movement difficult because it causes pain during simple activities even makes them impossible altogether some days, such as getting out of bed by oneself or going up stairs unaided.
Vertigo is characterized by the sensation of spinning or dizziness that can be particularly troublesome for older adults. It often results from issues in the inner ear but can also be linked to other health issues, such as migraines or poor blood circulation. Vertigo can lead to balance problems and an increased risk of falls, making daily activities challenging.

Chronic pain is characterized by its persistence over an extended period and can stem from a variety of factors, including injury, illness, or underlying health conditions. Its effects extend beyond physical discomfort, often impacting daily activities and disrupting sleep patterns.

Post-surgical rehabilitation helps with the recovery process following surgical procedures. It typically involves physical therapy sessions to restore mobility and strength in the affected area. By targeting specific exercises and techniques, rehabilitation helps to promote healing, enhance flexibility, and prevent complications such as muscle atrophy and joint stiffness.

1. Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease disrupts the nervous system, causing movement difficulties like tremors, stiffness, and balance issues. It progressively challenges daily activities. Treatment aims to manage symptoms and enhance quality of life, often involving medication, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments. 

2. Stroke

A stroke refers to the restriction of blood flow to the brain. This causes damage to brain tissue. This blockage can lead to physical and cognitive impairments, including paralysis, speech difficulties, and memory loss. Stroke survivors often require intensive rehabilitation to improve their quality of life.

3. Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia

Progressive brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia gradually impair memory and cognitive function. Patients mostly deal with memory loss, confusion, disorientation, and difficulty performing daily activities. As the condition advances, individuals may experience challenges with language, problem-solving, and overall reasoning. 

4. Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that damages nerves affecting the extremities, such as the hands and feet. Common symptoms include tingling and numb sensations, as well as weakness and pain in the affected areas. This condition can result from various causes, including diabetes, infections, autoimmune disorders, and certain medications. 

5. Epilepsy

Patients suffer from recurrent seizures, which can take various forms, including convulsions, altered sensations, or loss of consciousness. Epilepsy occurrence cuts across all age groups as well as being attributed to factors such as genetic inheritance, developmental abnormalities, and physical injury to the brain.   

6. Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a severe autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. This leads to fatigue, muscle weakness, numbness, and difficulties with coordination and balance. Therapy and lifestyle adjustments improve quality of life. 

Geriatric Physiotherapy: Techniques and Exercises

At Turning Point Physiotherapy, we integrate techniques and exercises to improve your health and quality of life.

Techniques

Manual therapy includes hands-on techniques, such as gentle joint mobilizations, massage therapy, and soft tissue manipulations. They help to improve joint mobility, reduce pain and muscle tension, and promote relaxation.
Exercises like standing on one leg, tandem walking (heel to toe), and balance boards are used to enhance proprioception and coordination. This also improves stability and prevents falls.
Resistance exercises using weights, resistance bands, or body weight increase muscle strength and endurance as well as counteract age-related muscle loss (sarcopenia).
Various modalities, including TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation), heat therapy, and cold therapy, manage chronic pain and reduce inflammation and muscle spasms.
Improving walking patterns and mobility through specific exercises and techniques is a key focus. Gait training aims to enhance stride length and speed and reduce the chances of falling.
Incorporating practices such as progressive muscle relaxation, breathing exercises, and mindfulness helps to manage stress and improve the sleep cycle.

Specialized exercises and techniques like proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) retrain the muscles and nervous system to work together.

Electrical currents stimulate nerves and contract muscles. This technique helps to improve muscle function and enhance movement patterns in individuals with neurological impairments.
The impacted limb is actively engaged in enhancing upper extremity function following stroke and similar central nervous system impairments. This technique promotes neuroplasticity and enhances motor function in the affected limb.

Focused on improving balance and reducing dizziness, vestibular rehabilitation includes exercises and activities to retrain the brain and body to process signals from the vestibular system. This helps improve spatial orientation and coordination.

Exercises

Sitting on a chair, lifting knees alternately to improve hip flexor strength and coordination. This exercise improves lower body strength and blood circulation.
Standing at arm’s length from a wall, performing push-ups to strengthen the upper body. Wall push-ups improve your upper body strength without straining the joints.
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Lift your hips off the floor to target your glutes, lower back, and core muscles. These are great for boosting pelvic stability and lower back strength.
This form of yoga boosts flexibility, strength, and relaxation. Chair yoga is perfect for those with limited mobility, offering accessibility while promoting physical and mental well-being.
Individuals who suffer from arthritis or those recovering from hand injuries or surgeries can greatly benefit from hand and finger coordination exercises.

Visit us today for a more comfortable and active life!

Geriatric physiotherapy is highly effective in age-related discomfort and mobility challenges. Our experienced physiotherapists evaluate your situation and provide expert care to address your unique health concerns and objectives. 

By focusing on both physiotherapy techniques and exercises, we enhance your overall quality of life. Our goal is to help you stay active and enjoy your golden years with confidence.

Considering geriatric physiotherapy in the Edmonton area? Contact us today!

Geriatric Physiotherapy Edmonton