Relieving Pain through Physical Therapy

As we all know there are many easy ways to relieve pain. We too often reach for a pill instead of working out the pain. Our bodies are quite resilient and can bounce back from many injuries if we keep them moving.

Physical therapy is a means of moving your body toward recovery after a surgery or an accident. It can help reduce pain from natural joint deterioration, or from an autoimmune condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or multiple sclerosis. Home health care puts a trained and licensed physical therapist right in your living room.

Consistent participation in a therapy program is essential for achieving recovery goals. Home health removes the roadblocks that prevent folks with transportation issues, or personal mobility limitations from maintaining a healthy physical therapy regimen.

A standard physical therapy plan might include:

  • Guided exercises

  • Instruction on proper use of stabilizing equipment

  • Proper transfer techniques

  • Massage, ultrasound, or heat/cold treatments

  • Proper techniques for stair climbing and traversing obstacles

October is the month to recognize the important work that Physical Therapists do and an opportunity to market your agency’s role in post-surgical patient recovery. Visit our TAG Web Store to stock up on your customized health care flyers promoting the physical therapy services your company provides.

Promote your Physical Therapy program:

  • Conduct a workshop for seniors to demonstrate how physical therapy programs can reduce arthritic pain, improve mobility, and promote independent living.

  • Host a lunch and learn for a local community organization (Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary) to educate people about the importance of moderate exercise as we age. Be sure to provide brochures about your agency and all of the health care services you can provide.

  • Highlight your physical therapy program at local youth sporting facilities or events, which grandparents frequently attend. Have your therapists Instruct young athletes on proper warm- up and stretching techniques to avoid injury. Handout marketing materials that tout the benefits of home health care, explain Medicare eligibility, and highlight your agency’s services.

Healthy Aging

The focus for healthy aging is usually placed on good nutrition and moderate exercise, but mental and emotional wellness should also be priorities for older adults. A good place to start is by staying connected with friends, family, and neighbors. As we age, we tend to become more isolated. Isolation can lead to social anxiety, self-esteem issues, and depression. Interacting with others, be it volunteering, taking a class, participating in a club, or a spiritual group activity, makes you feel better. Here are some other ideas for seniors to stay engaged:

  • Stay informed about what’s going on around you. Educate yourself about current events and how they affect you.

  • Don’t unplug, plug in! Don’t become an old turtle withdrawing into your shell whenever you don’t understand the latest gadget! Technology isn’t likely to slow down, so find an adult education class in your community or try an online service like TechBoomers.com, and learn how to keep up.

  • Interact openly with your doctor. Make a list of questions and concerns to discuss at your next visit. Review your prescription medications and ask about alternative therapies that might enable you to reduce them. Report any changes you may be experiencing and ask about ways you can improve your overall health.

  • Modify your expectations. Don’t despair when routine activities pose new challenges. You might not be able to do all the things that you once did in your youth, but you can find new ways to enjoy life.

  • Get plenty of sleep. Sleep refreshes the body, mind, and spirit, but it can be evasive as we age. Aging causes sleep patterns to change, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Relaxation techniques like reading a book, listening to music, or drinking warm milk before bed can help.

  • Find the fun! Connect remotely* or personally with people you enjoy being around and who make you laugh.

Healthy Aging and Home Health:

  • Stay connected with your referral network throughout the month of September by promoting healthy aging

  • Post about senior health and the benefits of home health for post-surgical rehabilitation on your social media outlets.

  • Host classes on elder-care throughout your community. Highlight your geriatric care management, post-acute care, chronic illness care, functional disability therapies, and palliative care.

  • Contact assisted living communities in your service area about helping their residents with limited mobility. Provide information on your physical and occupational therapy services and how they can help residents maintain their independence longer.

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*FaceTime, Facebook Messenger app, Skype, What’s App, Google Duo, Viber, IMO

Choosing Home Health for Post-Surgical Care

Choosing home health for post-surgical care means choosing a personalized care plan administered by nurses and therapists in the comfort of your home. Home health care provides benefits for patients before and after surgery, especially those with limited access to family caregiving support, or transportation, or those who struggle with chronic medical conditions.

Pre-Surgery, a home health team member evaluates the patient’s home to identify obstacles that may hinder the patient once they begin the at-home recovery process. They then provide solutions and the necessary equipment to assist the patient with the daily activities of living while they recover.

Post-Surgery, home health nurses closely monitor the healing process, oversee wound care, and provide hands-on instruction for care givers. Team medical technicians assist patients with their personal hygiene needs. Team physical and occupational therapists work with patients to set recovery goals and create a rehabilitation plan to achieve them. They evaluate and adjust the regimen as goals are met.

  • Share your post-surgical rehabilitation program with orthopedic clinics, orthopedists, rheumatologists, neurologists, and trauma centers within your service area. We have a variety of customizable condition-specific print materials you can distribute.

  • Most grocery stores offer a senior discount day. These are great opportunities to set up information tables and promote home health in the pharmacy area.

  • Organize a team to take part in local awareness events such as: Osteoporosis Day, Walk to Cure Arthritis, Tour de Cure, Show Your Stripes, Fill the Boot, or Go Red for Women.

  • Partner with local medical equipment retailers to display brochures and build referrals. .

Always promote the convenience of home health with your referral network. We live in a take-out world these days. Home health is the ultimate order-in!

Visit us at TAGWebstore.com to see our line of home health products or give us a call at 866-232-6477 for a marketing consultation and custom media information.

Related Resource: Johns Hopkins: The Road to Recovery After Lumbar Spine Surgery