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Geriatric physiotherapy

Physiotherapeutic treatment, specially adapted to the requirements of older patients.

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    Physiotherapy for seniors

    Physiotherapy for senior citizens focuses on the specific requirements of older patients. Due to the different needs and health challenges that arise in old age, therapists need to adapt their approach accordingly. The aim is to help older people maintain or improve their physical performance and prevent a possible deterioration in their state of health. This form of therapy can include movement exercises, stretching, manual therapy and massages.

    Geriatric physiotherapy treatment

    Duration and price of manual therapy: 60 min €100 / 45 min €80 / 30 min €60
    Cash refund €40 - €80
    Preparations: No special preparations
    Duration of the results: Depending on the problem, repetition of the treatment often necessary

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    Advantages of geriatric physiotherapy

    Improving the quality of life

    A key benefit of geriatric physiotherapy is that it improves the quality of life of older people affected by age-specific illnesses. These diseases often lead to a considerable restriction of mobility and thus to a reduction in quality of life.

    Regular physiotherapy treatments enable senior citizens to increase their mobility and strength, which in turn leads to increased independence and an improved quality of life. You can once again carry out everyday household tasks more frequently, go shopping or meet old friends without having to rely on constant company. Activities such as climbing stairs or walking on uneven paths become safer, which reduces the risk of falling.

    Improvement in overall health

    Exercise has many positive effects on the human body and in this respect surpasses almost every medical measure. The body is designed to move, and regular exercise contributes significantly to general health. Blood circulation is stimulated, which in turn supports organ functions and metabolic processes. The build-up of muscle mass enables pain-free and unrestricted movement. The risk of exacerbation of chronic diseases such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis is reduced. Mental performance also benefits from the therapy through constant new challenges and the need to step out of the comfort zone.

    Relief from pain

    Many older people suffer from chronic illnesses that cause pain and have developed a so-called pain memory. Regular physiotherapy treatment can relieve pain in most cases and improve the well-being of those affected. Various manual techniques and treatment measures are used, including massages or cold/heat applications.

    Types of physiotherapy treatments in geriatrics

    Different treatment methods are available depending on the type of illness(es) identified in the patient. The most common include:

    Manual physiotherapy

    This form of treatment includes practical techniques such as joint mobilization and manipulation as well as soft tissue massage and stretching exercises to promote joint mobility and reduce pain. This method is particularly effective after surgical procedures to restore mobility or to relieve pain from conditions such as arthritis or arthrosis.

    Bobath/neurological therapy

    This form of therapy focuses on the treatment of neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, paraplegia and similar conditions. As each of these conditions has specific symptoms and each case is unique, physiotherapists create individualized treatment plans during home visits to target patients’ biggest challenges.

    Training programs for older patients

    These exercise programs, specially designed for older patients, aim to increase flexibility and strength while improving balance and coordination. Patients are given exercises to do between visits to the therapist in order to increase the effectiveness of the therapy. The training program is continuously expanded and adapted to promote patient progress.

    FAQ geriatric physiotherapy

    Frequently asked questions about geriatric physiotherapy

    Geriatric physiotherapy is a special branch of physiotherapy that focuses on supporting older people to increase their mobility, functional ability and quality of life.

    Geriatric physiotherapy as a home visit allows older people to be treated in the comfort of their own home without having to travel long distances. It also offers treatment tailored to the individual needs of patients.

    This form of physiotherapy can treat a range of problems, including balance disorders, fall prevention, mobility restrictions, musculoskeletal pain and neurological disorders.

    The duration of a geriatric physiotherapy session depends on the individual needs of the patient, but usually lasts between 60 and 100 minutes.

    Yes, many health insurance policies cover physiotherapy. However, find out in advance about the exact benefits of your insurance.

    It is not necessary to consult a doctor before every physiotherapy session. In some cases, however, a visit to the doctor may be recommended to support the therapy.

    Geriatric physiotherapists should have formal training in physiotherapy and ideally additional knowledge and experience in the field of geriatrics.

    You can find qualified geriatric physiotherapists in Vienna by contacting your health insurance company, your family doctor or health centers. Online research and patient reviews can also be helpful. Heimphysio offers experienced physiotherapists specializing in geriatric physiotherapy.

    The frequency of geriatric physiotherapy depends on the specific needs of the individual patient.

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