Osteopathy for
the elderly

Osteopathy and the elderly

As we get older the body goes through a natural wear and tear process, and we can develop slight aches and pain. Often we then hear, ”It’s just your age”. And yes, age does play a part, but there is so much we can do to maintain good physical health, mobility and flexibility. The body is very grateful for any assistance it can get in keeping healthy, and this is when a good diet (so plenty of organic fruits and vegetables), and complementary treatments such as Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy really can help. Of course the effects of age will still be present in the body, but osteopathy can help by improving movement, loosening muscles and easing stiffness, helping the body be as balanced and healthy as possible.
Osteopathy and the elderly

In many patients, arthritis is the cause of joint swelling, pain and stiffness and it can be helped by osteopathic treatment.

 

Two main types of arthritis:

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA), which is the wear and tear of the joints, often due to old injuries, poor posture and lack of mobility. This type of arthritis responds very well to osteopathy.

Inflammatory arthritis such as Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects the whole body, and it is more difficult to treat, but gentle techniques such as Cranial Osteopathy may often be of benefit.

Osteopathy cannot cure arthritis, but treatment can certainly ease the pain, reduce swelling and stiffness and restore some joint mobility. As a result there is often less reliance on medication and consequently fewer problems with the side effects of the drugs, such as gastritis and constipation.

Treatment is gentle and completely non-invasive. Your osteopath may also advice on diet, posture and exercises so as to help promote your general wellbeing.

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