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What is physical therapy? It is the restoration, preservation, enhancement of movement and bodily functions impaired or threatened by disease or injury that utilize therapeutic exercises, physical modalities, assistive devices, patient training, and education.
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I know you are wondering, does therapy help with balancing problems? Yes, therapy can help both the rich and the significantly unfortunate compensate for an imbalance, adapt to less balance, and maintain physical activity such as
- Muscle weakness
- Joint stiffness
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Inner ear issues
Medical condition therapy can balance include
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Cognitive diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
- Poor vision
Helping individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty get physical therapy
Individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness face diverse barriers to accessing physical therapy services due to wait times, money to the physical therapist, and geographical locations.
Keep in mind that individuals’ who access physical therapy services early maintain a perceived and positive impact on their overall health, functions, and wellness.
Several types of physical therapy that are ordinary and more needed by people of different community status, especially to the less fortunate people; this includes
Orthopedic physical therapy
This therapy typically involves treating musculoskeletal injuries involving the muscle, bones, ligaments, tendons, and fascias. Most of the less fortunate people suffer from injuries related to these areas due to backbreaking work, which strains and stress their muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
A patient may undergo joint mobilizations, manual therapy, strength, mobility training, and other modalities to restore fitness.
Geriatric physical therapy
Geriatric physical therapy helps aged patients with conditions that may affect their mobility and physical function. Some of these conditions include arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, hip, joint replacement, balance disorders, and many others. Most of the less fortunate suffer from these conditions due to inflexible work during their youthful days and poor living conditions.
Wound care therapy
Most of the less fortunate people suffer from cuts, warts, and extreme working conditions. Wound therapy is essential to ensure the wound healing is receiving adequate oxygen supply by enhancing blood circulation. Wound care therapy may include electric stimulation, compression therapy, manual therapy, and wound care.
Many communities have several health care professionals who can mobilize the community to donate money to buy medicine and other required items to help the less fortunate community with a free physical therapy session.
The local government can sponsor local physical therapists with medical supplies and transport to help the less fortunate in the area with a free physical therapy treatment session.
Helping the less fortunate find work.
After helping a needy person find the best local physical therapy services, the next step is to ensure that you help them build a career that can sustain them and their families.
There are several ways you can help a person in need to find work; this includes doing small things like
- Writing a good CV,
- Help them to find a place to stay until they get a job,
- Helping the person in need with a little amount of money
- Offer them a temporary place to stay in your home as the needy person looks for a job to kickstart their life.
- Teach him or her a job skill in the market that can help him find a job more comfortable or even work for you
- Offering the needy something to eat or some money to find something to eat.
- Buy neat clothes and shoes for an interview after a successful job application
- Introduce them to an organization which helps the homeless find job and place to stay.
What are you waiting for? Go and impact someone’s life today so that he or she can inspire and impact someone else’s life tomorrow.