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Frailty and Debility Physiotherapy
Frailty is a syndrome of overall body weakness resulting in a loss of
This unfortunately leads to an
inability to perform everyday activities, such as preparing meals,
washing, dressing, or caring for a family member.
Debility, on the other hand, is the loss
of the ability to move around normally, or productively, in one’s home
Typically, frailty and debility occur in people who have not moved
their bodies for an extended period of time. In the elderly population
in the United States, people develop frailty at a rate of 9.6%.
There is a condition called “prefrailty” which develops in 47% of the elderly population.
Frankly, young people are not excluded from this. They also can become frail and debilitated from trauma,
disease, chronic pain, or any reduction in physical activity.
critical care patients in hospitals (patients warded in intensive care units, or have been hospitalized for an extended period of time), up to 30% are found to be frail.
Patients who have diabetes and coronary artery disease at midlife are more
likely to become frail as they age.
Our senior physiotherapists help individuals experiencing frailty and
debility restore their
What are Frailty and Debility?
When a person’s body does not move for a long period of time, he or
she will gradually decline and suffer loss of strength, flexibility, endurance, balance, and
mobility (the ability to move easily and perform common activities).
Specific problems that can result are:
All of these effects lead to frailty—being too weak, tired, and unsteady to perform normal daily activities.
Frail people often are scared or reluctant to perform activities that
make them tired and avoid doing them, which increases their frailty
over time. Most of the time, frail people do not understand or takes actions to improve their
condition, so they continue being inactive.
The risk of becoming frail increases in people aged 80 or older because they often reduce their physical activity due to:
- Chronic pain
- Fatigue from medications or diseases
- Fear of discomfort or pain
- Lack of understanding of how aging can cause frailty
- Lack of understanding of the importance of physical activity at all ages
Younger people also can suffer frailty and debility, if they have
been inactive or on bed rest for a period of time due to illness,
surgery, sedentary or injury.
When a person becomes frail or debilitated from lack of movement, he or she is at a greater risk of falling and suffering injuries that can lead to hospitalization, disability, and death.
Signs and Symptoms
Someone who suffers from frailty or debility may experience:
- Severe fatigue, weakness, or exhaustion
- Low energy
- Difficulty standing, sitting, or walking
- Difficulty getting out of bed or out of a chair, without help
- Difficulty walking
- Inability to perform simple household tasks
- Fear of losing one’s balance and falling
- Inability to work
- Inability to socialize with friends and family
How Is It Diagnosed?
Frailty and debility can be diagnosed by your doctor or by our senior
physiotherapists. We will conduct a thorough
examination to determine your:
The physical therapy examination will include questions about your
- how well you move around
physical testing and observation of your movements
how our senior physiotherapists can help
Our senior physiotherapists help frail or debilitated individuals gradually
improve their activity levels.
We will design a
treatment program based on your specific condition to help you regain
the stamina and endurance needed to return to enjoyable and important
daily physical activities. We will work with you to
safely get you moving again.
We will help you:
Physical therapy treatment is a safe way to treat chronic pain.We may use different types of treatments and
technologies to control and reduce your pain. Exercise is one of the
best ways to reduce pain, and we will choose the
most effective and safe exercises for you to do.
We will choose specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement. These
might begin with "passive" motions that the physical therapist performs
for you to gently move your joints, and progress to “active” exercises
and stretches that you can do yourself.
determine if any muscles are tight, begin to gently stretch them, and
teach you how to stretch them.
choose and teach you the correct exercises and equipment to use, to
steadily and safely restore your strength.
Regaining your muscular endurance
is important. We will teach you exercises to
improve endurance, so you can return to your normal activities.
Regaining your sense of balance is
important to prevent falling. We will teach you
exercises to improve your balance ability.
Return to activities.
discuss activity goals with you and use them to set your recovery goals.
Your treatment program will help you reach your goals in the safest,
fastest, and most effective way possible.
Educate your family
educate both you and your family about the negative effects of prolonged
sitting and bed rest, and about ways to prevent and limit frailty.
Modify your home for safety
We will help you and your family reduce hazards in the home that could increase your risk of falling.
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PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
See all the conditions our principal physiotherapists treat.
HAND THERAPY & CUSTOMIZED SPLINTING
Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to
- manage and decrease hand pains
- improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
- increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
REFORMER CLINICAL PILATES & WELLNESS PILATES
Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
- Cupping TCM
- Auricular Therapy TCM
- Herbal TCM Medicine & Supplementation
DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY
Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime / recovery period required.
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.
Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.
At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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