Physical Therapy and Aging Gracefully

The medical world is awash with quick fixes for "anti-aging" medicine. From eating to live to intermittent fasting to pumping faces full of botox, medical advances and research are helping people from all walks of life walk a little more confidently through the years. 

One of the most overlooked tools in the anti-aging arsenal is, however, physical therapy. You can hide wrinkles and laser off age spots to your heart's content, but if you neglect your muscles, bones, and tendons you might be hobbling into a room with your youthful face and creaky bones. 

New York City is home to some of the most cutting-edge medical practitioners in the world and our two physical therapy clinics provide access to high tech machinery and some of the best minds in the business. If you're committed to age gracefully and haven't yet taken into consideration adding physical therapy to your efforts, then you'll want to consider a few things. 

  • Bone and muscle mass decrease as we age. After the age of 30, our body starts to replenish bone at a slower rate than it is breaking it down. This could lead to osteoporosis or sarcopenia down the road and maybe even broken bones if things get bad enough. With that in mind, be sure to work with a physical therapist to develop the right weight-bearing exercises to combat bone degradation inherent in the aging process. 

  • Range of movement is a "use it or lose it" ability that most people don't even consider until it is too late. If you're interested in walking into old age without the help of a walker or in reaching for your own mugs in the kitchen then you'll want to take physical therapy more seriously. It's really never too early to start paying attention to how your daily activities are affecting your body. If you're one of the millions of people working at a desk job then you've got a lot of moving to do to counteract the posture you're stuck in every single day. Don't worry, if you are also a mover and a shaker then chances are good you have some habitual movement patterns that need tweaking to keep your range of movement healthy through the years. 

The long and short of it is that you're never too young to start aging gracefully. As a matter of fact, the sooner you start paying attention to your body and how to properly and healthily move it the better you'll be in the long run. 

Add a healthy physical therapy routine to your anti-aging routine. We have offices in Westchester and New York City's Upper West Side and we're ready to help you take on your golden years in stride- even if they're still decades away.