How can we manage old age better? The benefits of physiotherapy

Updated: Feb 4

Changes to our bodies

As we get older, natural physical changes take place in our bodies, which can affect our mobility and balance, making us more likely to fall and break bones. For example:

  • Reduced muscle strength and bone density

  • Slower comprehension and reactions

  • Poorer balance, eyesight, and coordination

  • Increased body fat

  • Stiffer, painful joints

  • Decreased fitness from doing less physical activity (deconditioning)

We may also get illnesses, such as:

  • High blood pressure

  • Stroke

  • Heart disease

  • Chronic lung disease

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • Diabetes

  • Neurological conditions

As a result, we may find it more difficult to:

  • Climb the stairs

  • Remain steady on our feet

  • Walk long distances

  • Carry shopping

Many older adults spend on average 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down. This inactivity can increase falls, obesity, heart disease, and joint dysfunction. Research also suggests that '10 days in a hospital bed leads to 10 years' worth of lost muscle mass in people over age 80' (Gill et al 2004). All this can have a significant impact on our daily lives, our ability to remain confident, independent, and in our own homes.


"As human beings we are designed to move. If we don't, there will be severe consequences such as disability and early death. Keep moving!" Animesh Sundas, Chartered Physiotherapist


Physiotherapy for older people

We do not have to accept all this as an inevitable part of aging, as studies have shown that older adults who take part in regular physical activity can make significant improvements such as:


  • Reduce the impact aging has on your body and life

  • Maintain the ability to carry out your normal daily activities such as playing with your grandchildren, doing your gardening, or simply walking to the shop

  • Prevent joint problems and balance disorders

  • Reduce the risk of falls

  • Maximise your safety, in order to prevent injury and fractures

  • Improve your muscle strength, coordination, flexibility, and pain levels

  • Enhance your mood, cognitive function, self-esteem, and sleep

  • Prevent deconditioning and other factors that are preventing you from being active and independent

  • Help to prevent disease and disability, or treat current conditions

  • Improve your overall health and wellbeing, and improve your quality of life

At Village Physio, we have designed a highly evidence-based group physiotherapy programme to support you on your journey through later life. Click here to find out more.


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