Most people immediately think of cosmetic surgery for remaining youthful, but a younger looking visage won’t help people stay mobile and active. No one wants to face the effects of aging and physical therapy has treatments and therapies to help you stay physically fit.

People with jobs that require repetitive motion, standing or sitting for long periods at a time, and employment that places unusual stress and strain on joints will eventually take a toll on the body and increase the risk of arthritis.

Stress – The Bane of Youthfulness

Stress is one of the biggest factors that cause the cosmetic and physical effects of aging. When people are stressed, the body releases the hormones adrenaline and cortisol to prepare the body for a fight or flight response. The hormones take a toll on the appearance, but also cause the heart to beat faster and blood pressure to rise. The hormones can interfere with sleep that’s essential for the body to repair itself.

A physical therapist can help with treatments that:

  • Reduce stress
  • Helps with flexible and range of motion
  • Relieve pain
  • Helps with mobility
  • Reduces the potential for Alzheimer’s
  • Aids with nutritional deficiencies
  • Promotes better sleep

Many individuals avoid gyms and fitness centers out of embarrassment or self-consciousness, resulting in a cycle in which weight increases and physical fitness declines. That’s not a problem at a physical therapy office. Individuals have access to safe and comfortable therapeutic exercises under the supervision of a physical therapy expert.

Physical Therapy for a Youthful Body

Exercise is a major component of maintaining a youthful body that allows you to engage in your favorite activities. Personal trainers at the local gym don’t have the extensive knowledge and training necessary to address the vast number of variables involved in your individual situation.

Exercise aids in digestion, stimulates the immune system, helps maintain lean muscle, and helps increase bone density.

To combat stress, your physical therapist may incorporate therapeutic massage. It improves circulation, stimulates the immune system, and promotes restorative slumber. It’s also beneficial for detoxifying the body and enhancing lymphatic drainage.Your physical therapist can also show you ways of moving that lessens the stress on the body and provide orthotic devices that alleviates pain and aligns the spine for easier movement. Lifestyle recommendations can be provided that lessens the risk of falls and injuries. Your physical therapist can provide nutritional recommendations and dietary supplements to address any deficiencies and promotes development of healthy bones and muscles.

Physical therapy is an investment in your health. It provides a variety of treatments to keep your body in good health and working correctly, allowing you to enjoy every stage of your life with a more youthful and functioning body.