Thorough anamnesis is crucial
Precisely because there are many different treatment options in the context of physical therapy, the choice of the right therapy is decisive. Why this is so important is illustrated by the following example: In older people, illnesses and chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart failure occur more frequently. This may limit the use of some therapeutic measures, including physiotherapy. Because physical measures have a direct influence on bodily functions, it is important to consider the specific changes in the function of the organ systems. In old age, the heart and circulation are less resilient overall, and the elasticity of the skin diminishes. The connective tissue, skeletal and skeletal support as well as the vascular system are no longer as elastic as in recent years. In addition, the sensitivity of the skin nerves diminishes and the muscle mass dwindles. All these factors have to be taken into account when, for example, physiotherapy exercises are to be carried out, because the scope of the respective exercises, the duration and the exercise equipment must be selected accordingly.
Individual and healthy
Physical therapies must always take into account the patient's individual state of health: this applies to all patients, but especially to older people. Regardless of whether it is massage, bath therapy, or electrotherapy, the physical therapy is exhausting for the body - directly and directly. The therapist must therefore know the patient and his illnesses before the start of therapy in order to be able to estimate their individual resilience. It is also important to define a treatment goal with the patient that fits within the framework of the overall treatment plan. Especially with active physical measures, the success of the treatment can only be achieved through the cooperation of the patient.