As you age, the loss of elasticity in your bones and soft tissues can mean that your body takes longer to heal but that doesn’t mean that pain and discomfort need to be an inevitable part of ageing as there are many older adults leading healthy, active and pain free lives.
Osteopathy may help improve your overall quality of life by reducing pain and stiffness associated with general wear and tear and increasing your mobility. By working with your musculoskeletal system our practitioners aim to help relax tight muscles, increase joint flexibility, encourage healthy blood flow to all tissues in your body and improve and maintain your postural balance and strength.
Common complaints associated with ageing include:
- General stiffness
- Swollen joints
- Lower back pain
- Hip and knee pain
- Leg and foot pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Injuries sustained from falls
- Post surgical aches and pains
- Poor balance and increased susceptibility to falls
Osteopath’s can help:
- Improve overall and specific joint mobility (such as neck movements for driving; hand and wrist movements for writing, knitting and cooking; hip, shoulder and lower back range of motion for sport and exercise)
- Work on the surrounding muscles to help ease the stiffness and swelling associated with arthritis
- Rehabilitation and recovery from surgeries (including hip and knee replacements)
- Decrease muscle tension and increase blood flow to injured areas to relieve stiffness and swelling (including rotator cuff injuries, plantar fasciitis, disc injuries)
- Prescribe gentle exercises or stretches to increase strength and improve your balance
- Provide guidance on appropriate exercises or activities for your body
Our treatments for older adults involve gentle techniques such as biodynamic osteopathy, light soft tissue work and small rhythmic motions that help keep your joints moving. In some instances, simple exercises that can be done at home may also be prescribed.
If you have any specific questions about osteopathy and remedial massage for your conditions please speak to one of our practitioners at the clinic on 5200 1044.