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Immobility is a term used to describe a person’s inability to move. Immobility can increase health risks such as cardiovascular disease and deep vein thrombosis. Physiotherapists from Physio.co.uk can offer a service to help improve quality of life to those who are immobile.

causes of immobility

Immobility can be due to a number of reasons which can be psychologically or physically triggered.

Some of the common reasons for immobility are:

How our senior physiotherapists can help

Physiotherapy can offer a coaching strategy for those who have psychological issues related to mobility. Whereas with those who have physical conditions where mobility is restricted or unable then the following can help:

  • Maintenance of joint integrity
  • Muscle length maintenance
  • Positional advice (pressure sore prevention)
  • Equipment advice (hoists, beds)
  • Bed exercises
  • Manual handling advice
  • Improve quality of life

What types of Physiotherapy Treatments can be expected for immobility?

Dependent upon the reason for immobility and the clients ability will depend which treatment techniques can be used.

Some of the physiotherapy interventions and treatments include:

  • Coaching and encouragement strategies
  • Goal setting
  • Passive range of movement
  • Active range of movement
  • Active assisted range of movement
  • Bed exercise
  • Manual handling training


Immobility can and will lead to deterioration in a person’s health. Research has shown that patients lose an estimated 1% muscle mass with every day of non-use or immobility. Eventually without use, we will become increasingly weaker.

With the treatment and advice from an experienced senior physiotherapist maintenance and improvements can be made with client compliance. The health of the carers can also benefit from the physiotherapist’s input from manual handling technique training.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment.