Osteopathy for Seniors
In life, ageing is a natural physiological process. One part of the body, which is greatly affected by the process of ageing, is the musculo-skeletal system. As we get older, the elasticity present within our body deteriorates and thus increases the chance of injuring the soft tissues and bony structures of the body.
The effects of ageing on the body's structure give rise to symptoms such as:
- Generalised, early morning stiffness
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Neck pain and arm pain
- Hip pain
- Arthritis and joint swelling
- Degenerative (osteoarthritis), and
- Inflammatory (rheumatoid)
Often when people reach the age where they have more time on their side for recreational activities, it can be disheartening if pain in their body's framework restricts them from enjoying these activities.
Many people mistakenly believe that the effect of ageing on the body's joints is untreatable and have no alternative but to learn to live with their pain. Medications prescribed for these symptoms such as anti-inflammatories, can often have undesirable side effects.
Osteopaths may well require X-rays or other tests to help them assess whether treatment will be suitable.