As we get older a normal part of ageing, our hair becomes grey and our skin wrinkles typically as a result. It is also normal for our bones, muscles, joints and associated tissues to also change. As we age it is not necessary that we should experience increasing pain or stiffness because of “old age”. Often people find maintenance treatment and advice from an Osteopath can compliment the care of GP and pharmaceutical products. Working with an osteopath can help to keep you healthier and mobile, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life into your older years.
Advice as you age
Aches and pains do not have to get in the way of your lifestyle as you age. Here are some healthy tips to keep you active:
It is advised that 150 minuets of exercise per week, in blocks of ten minuets or more can reduce the risk of falls and circulation problems. Exercising can also help to improve your mood and your over all well-being. Overexertion is not recommended, you should exercise enough to make you warmer and breath harder, whilst still being able to have a conversation. This might include activities such as brisk walking or dancing.
Eating a varied diet.
It is recommended doing some form of balance exercises twice a week (for example Tai Chi) to help reduce the risk of falling, especially over the age of 65.
Wearing appropriate footwear is important as the correct shoes can help to balance the feet and align them with the rest of the body. If you would like further advice about foot health please contact our podiatrist/chiropody .
Rest is just as good as being active. A short rest can help you recover energy as it is an equal part of the total progress required to strengthen and balance muscles.
How can our Osteopaths help you?
You don’t have to put up with common aches and pains simply because you are ageing. Our Osteopaths commonly help to manage ageing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and osteoporosis. They can give advice of which activities are suitable to manage your symptoms and common problems such as falls. Our care is based on individual needs and therefore treatment varies depending on your age, fitness level and diagnosis. Our Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands on techniques which focus on stretching muscles, releasing tension and mobilising joints. To find our more about the care and treatment we offer