The Pains of Aging
The ageing process is a normal part of life’s physiology. The musculoskeletal system is one of many body systems greatly affected. Dehydration and the loss of elasticity in our body, reduces our resilience to stress and increases our chance of soft and bone tissue injuries.
Symptoms experienced through the ageing process
- Generalised, early morning stiffness
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Neck and arm pain
- Arthritis and joint swelling
Generally speaking, arthritis may be characterised in two forms – Degenerative, also known as osteoarthritis, is characterised by wear and tear; and Inflammatory, also known as rheumatoid arthritis which has metabolic and/or blood causes.
Symptoms are commonly seen in people over the age of 55 years. Older patients benefit from receiving osteopathy as it alleviates their painful symptoms to improve their quality of life. Many turn to anti-inflammatory drugs, which do help, but long-term use can have side effects that complicates any condition.
Aging and Osteopathy
Osteopathic treatment for older patients is aimed to improve blood flow, lymphatic drainage, increase joint range and function, reduce and alleviate abnormal nervous stimulation. Osteopaths work together with medical practitioners to help overcome the patient’s dysfunction and promote general overall wellbeing.