BENEFITS OF EXERCISE – A PHYSIOTHERAPIST PERSPECTIVE

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE – A PHYSIOTHERAPIST PERSPECTIVE

CAUSES OF INACTIVITY

People may have some difficulty walking or being active because they may have become unwell.  There are a number of reasons why people lose their mobility.  Some of these reasons are:

  • Fallers who broke an arm or leg and now lost ability to function as normal
  • Loss of confidence in general mobility and going outdoors
  • Fear of falling
  • Prolonged illness resulting in people being bedbound
  • Weakness due to inactivity
  • Age related muscle wasting and loss of mobility
  • Poor motivation
  • Depression
  • Dependence on carers and family members
  • Neurological conditions e.g. stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS
  • Poor environment, e.g. steep stairs, narrow entrances, loose carpets
  • No appropriate walking aid
  • Pain
  • Stiff joints or arthritis

BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

Exercise comes in all forms and shapes.  It does not necessarily mean you have to go to the gym to make a difference. Walking is always a good exercise.  You may also want to make use of the stairs if you are able to climb them.  Other people may need a tailored exercise program to work on specific muscle groups to strengthen and help with mobility

Exercise in any form is good for the following reasons:

– It improves mood and self esteem

– Decreases anxiety especially regarding mobility and fear of falling

– Improves breathing and ventilation of the lungs

– Increases fitness

– Increases muscle strength and endurance

– Lowers cholesterol which will reduce the risk of stroke

– Increases flexibility and joint range of motion

– Increases bone density

– Increases muscle mass and decreases fat mass (controls weight)

– Improves circulation

– Relieves pain

– Maintains independence

– Improves cognition or mental ability

– Reduces the risk of falls and improves balance

– Lowers blood pressure and prevents heart diseases

– Reduces stress

– Relieves constipation

– Improves posture

– Improves sleep

 

We have a wide knowledge of exercise and strength training. A home visit could help to tailor your exercises to help you function in your own home environment.  Please contact Silver Physio for an assessment and further advice.

To arrange a home visit and get your rehab started ASAP, email us at office@silverphysio.co.uk or telephone: 020 3637 8988.