We know that exercise has a positive impact on multiple aspects of our health. However, some events can prevent people from remaining physically active, which can negatively affect their physical health and their mental well-being.
What is deconditioning?
Hospitalization due to a surgery, illness, or any other reason will hinder a person’s ability to remain active. Obviously, being confined to a bed for long periods of time means remaining immobile.
This extended period devoid of physical activity will result in muscle atrophy, when the muscles waste away. Senior citizens are especially at risk for this, and malnutrition, when they are ill or hospitalized.
When a person’s mobility is reduced and they are confined to a bed during extended periods of time, they will experience a loss of muscle mass and a decline in their functional skills: they’ll have trouble getting out of bed, loss of balance, trouble moving around without assistance… Unfortunately, this loss of physical skills might induce the individual to remain inactive because of fatigue or pain, or even the fear of realizing their physical skills have deteriorated. They can become trapped in a vicious cycle that worsens their condition.
Realizing that your physical skills have diminished can also impact your psychological health, especially when it comes to your self-confidence. It can be very hard to deal with a loss of independence and accept that you need assistance for certain tasks.
Fatigue can also play a part in preventing you from being physically active and make you feel socially isolated, which in turn can have severe consequences…
Services offered by Clinique GO
Thankfully, the multidisciplinary team at Clinique GO can help anyone affected by deconditioning.
The professionals at Clinique GOTM can help the patient in their own home once they’re out of the hospital.
In-home physical therapy
A physical therapist’s services can be very beneficial for a patient. Functional physical therapy can help an individual maintain their independence by:
- Helping them become mobile again
- Relieving muscle tension caused by a lack of physical activity
- Improving their balance
- Strengthening their muscles
- Equipping them with ways to manage their pain
- Designing an exercise program adapted to their specific condition
A physical therapist will help the patient improve their physical and functional skills and help them return to their daily routine and, potentially, completely recover their physical skills.
A kinesiologist is a physical activity specialist with the necessary training to assess an individual’s physical constraints and prevent their condition from deteriorating, in this case from a lack of physical activity.
The kinesiologist can design an exercise program adapted to the condition of their patient to help them improve various facets of their functional skills.
In-home occupational therapy
An occupational therapist can assess the physical and mental limitations of an individual in order to help them compensate for these limits.
In the case of an individual with reduced autonomy or with deteriorated physical skills, an occupational therapist can design an intervention plan that includes mobility aids or ways to adapt the person’s environment to help them remain independent.
In-home social work
For their part, a social worker will be able to find ways to help their client prevent social isolation and remain independent. They’ll also be able to obtain resources from the CLSC or get the client’s family members involved.
Have you or a loved one been affected by deconditioning? Contact the mobile team at Clinique GOTM today. If you have more questions about our in-home services, please contact us.