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Physical Therapy For Seniors | Pain Relief

physical therapy for seniorsAs joints begin to wear out over time, chronic pain and stiffness can result. This has a direct impact on the muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support the joints, which may then succumb to chronic pain as well. For those suffering from chronic diseases like arthritis, the pain can be even more burdensome. Although there are medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – that can help alleviate the pain, many people avoid them simply to avoid the undesired side effects. What can you do in addition to physical therapy for seniors to manage your pain?

Try Topical Pain Relievers

Topical pain relievers can be highly effective in alleviating muscle or joint pain, and are both inexpensive and safe. Some common brands include Tiger Balm, Icy Hot, and Bengay. These are creams or balms, often containing menthol, that are rubbed in at the site to relieve pain. Topical pain relievers can be used several times a day – and are often especially helpful at bedtime – but should never be combined with heat.


Ask your physical therapist which stretches are safe to do at home and how often you should do them. Keeping joints limber can minimize inflammation and provide lasting pain relief.

Heating Pads

Heating pads can alleviate pain in tight muscles and joints, providing soothing relief. There are many varieties on the market, from electric heating pads to rice bags that can be microwaved to warm. Take special care not to burn the skin by testing the temperature and always keeping a towel between the heat and your skin.


Applying ice to an area of inflammation can reduce inflammation and swelling and alleviate pain. Ice should be applied three times daily for twenty minutes, with a towel or other material between the skin and the ice. Never put ice directly on your skin.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can heal injuries, slow the progression of some diseases, and keep muscles and joints limber as you age. Consider seeing a physical therapist for natural, non-invasive pain management.

These non-invasive, low-cost, no side-effect treatments can help you manage pain at home without prescription drugs. To learn more about managing pain, physical therapy for seniors, or home health care visit Santé today!

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