As osteopathy is a gentle and non- invasive therapy it is ideal for the treatment of frail patients or patients with ongoing conditions.
Joint and Muscle Soreness and Stiffness
As we grow older, many of us put up with aches and pains believing it to be a natural result of ageing. This is in fact not the case and our goal as Osteopaths in supporting ageing patients, is to allow quality of life, free from pain and fully mobile.
Joint soreness and stiffness may be the result of arthritis or the usual signs of wear and tear brought about by a life of use of the body. Gently moving and stretching an arthritic or sore joint and massaging surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease some of the discomfort. Sometimes an osteopath may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of the body work better. Gentle joint mobilisation and soft tissue work can give significant relief of symptoms and frequent visits can assist you in maintaining a lifestyle you deserve.
Many people suffer from digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, Chron’s disease and diverticulitis.
As the gut is essentially a muscular tube it can become tight like any other muscle. This tightness will become painful and the wall of the gut may become irritable. This means the normal painless function of the intestinal tract, begins to be felt. Your osteopath will find the areas of tightness using palpation and seek to ease the muscular tightness to assist the gut to function normally again.
The digestive system is a complex system that when impaired can refer pain to other areas of the body. Even if the pain is in your back, you may find the osteopath working into your abdomen to relieve areas of tension.
As the saying goes “If you don’t use it you lose it”. Many elderly patients lose their level of fitness at this stage in their lives and as a result, experience a loss of mobility, causing even the simplest of daily activities like putting on a sock, challenging. This loss of mobility means the elderly are more prone to injury.
It is important keep joints loose and mobile to maintain their optimum capabilities. Osteopaths can use gentle techniques to do this on behalf of the patient and additionally will show patients exercises that the person can do daily at home to keep themselves as fit as possible.