Osteopathy, older age & the symptoms of arthritis
The body as it ages undergoes changes. The body loses some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. Osteoarthritis is the medical term for wear and tear of joints. Osteoarthritis occurs mainly in the lumbar and cervical spines (the low back and neck), along with other weight bearing joints such as hips and knees. The joints in the neck and low back are weight bearing and subject to the postural stress of modern day living.
There also may be accumulated injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes. There may also be health issues such as high blood pressure, digestive and circulatory disorders and arthritis which can take a toll on the body and deplete your energy levels.
Quality of life is especially important for this age group when there are increasing concerns about loss of independence and mobility.
Osteopathy can help greatly during this time. Osteopathic treatment and advice can help to improve mobility, circulation and immune function, and reduce joint stiffness so that the older person can enjoy a full and active life. Treatment aims to improve and maintain health and prevent further injury. Dietary advice may also be given to help maintain healthy bones and joints.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and must adhere to strict practice standards issued by the GOsC.