The effects of ageing on the body's structure gives rise to symptoms such as:
According to Osteopathy Australia:
In life, ageing is a natural physiological process. One part of the body, which is greatly affected by the process of ageing, is the musculoskeletal 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.
generalised, early morning stiffness
lower back pain & stiffness
neck pain and arm pain
arthritis and joint swelling
Arthritis can be broadly divided into two types:
Degenerative (osteoarthritis), and
It is common for people 55+ to suffer the effects of osteoarthritis, namely, pain, stiffness and restricted mobility. Osteopathic treatment can be used to relieve these distressing symptoms.
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 live with their pain. Medications prescribed for these symptoms such as anti-inflammatories, can often have undesirable side effects.
Therefore, osteopathic treatment may be very rewarding to patients if their pain can be substantially reduced using the body's natural healing systems.
Osteopaths often work in conjunction with medical practitioners and realise that patients benefit from a more holistic approach to their health management.