Age Related Diseases
How Physiotherapists can help
As we age, fat mass increases and aerobic capacity and muscle mass decrease if we don’t get enough exercise. This means less oxygen is delivered to key organs, making daily exercise even more difficult, and a vicious cycle can be set up – especially if sedentary behaviour leads to conditions like heart disease. Routine daily activity can break the cycle, reverse the decline, and lead to a longer life. Activity has to be introduced carefully if a person is unfit, older, or has a chronic disease. That’s where physical therapists come in. They examine the person, recommend exercises that are safe and appropriate for them, and educate them about how to look for signs of trouble.
- ↑ Dr Marilyn Moffat, President of the WCPT. How physical therapists fight non-communicable fckLRdisease throughout the lifespan. 2011