Assistance With Range-Of-Motion Exercises
Range-of-motion exercises are designed to help relieve pain. The elderly who suffer from arthritis often keep their affected joints bent -- especially those in the knees, hands, and fingers -- because it's more comfortable in that position. Although this may temporarily relieve discomfort, holding a joint in the same position for too long can cause permanent loss of mobility and further hinder the ability to perform daily activities.
The benefits of these exercises are:
• Help maintain normal joint movement
• Increase muscle flexibility and strength
• Help maintain weight to reduce pressure on joints
• Help keep bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy
• Improve endurance and cardiovascular fitness
Often our clients are prescribed specific range-of-motion exercises by their physicians. While not intended to take the place of a therapist’s role, the work of Aviva’s caregivers can supplement therapists’ efforts by helping our elderly clients perform these exercises. When it comes to flexibility, the adage, “if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” often holds true. There is nothing better for improving range of motion than regular exercise. Even simple movements, if done on a regular basis, can make a big difference in your quality of life. As we age, we may lose bone density, and in turn become more fragile. A sedentary lifestyle only exacerbates this progression. Weight-bearing exercises can assist with maintenance of bone density.
Aviva caregiving staff will not prescribe exercises for our clients. We fully understand that these recommendations need to come from our client’s physician and therapist. However, we work hand-in-hand with these professionals to see that what is prescribed is practiced, and provide regular feedback so that the exercise regime is modified as needed.
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