Treating Seniors at Premier Osteo Health & Wellness Centre
If you're on the wrong side of 50, it's tempting to regard any problem you have as "old age" and "You'll just have to learn to live with it." However, this is NOT the case! Truth is that seniors get pains and problems just like younger people. And happily, just like younger people, your pains will get a lot better with treatment.
Common Conditions Inflammation: Often seniors will experience night pain and morning pain due to inflammation. This is because we are relatively inactive at night, so the inflammation has a better chance of collecting & causing pain than during the day, when movement helps flush it out.
Illness & medical conditions:Osteopathy is about much more than bad backs or achy joints! For example, recurrent chest infections, sinus problems or constipation can often be treated effectively.
Accidents & post-operative recovery:Ill health, a fall or an operation can accelerate the effects of ageing by reducing mobility, muscle strength & circulation. General health & resistance to infection can be weakened. Similarly, weakened leg muscles contribute to balance problems, increasing the chance of falls.
Degeneration: X-rays are Unreliable Indicators of Pain Many older people with obvious wear and tear on x ray, are pain free! And many of our patients come to us in severe acute pain have nothing of note on their x rays.
X-rays will often show degeneration (wear and tear) in a spine over the age of 40. This is a very common natural development as we age. But this does not mean that the pain and stiffness is permanent or unchangeable as it is often the surrounding tight muscles that cause the pain not the change in bone structure.
How Premier Osteo + Physio Can Help You We can change your muscle tension and improve your pain by gently stretching, massaging and moving your joints to greatly ease the problem and provide substantial relief. We will provide you with a strengthening programme because stronger muscles don't get tired and tight so easily. And quite simple exercise will improve the blood flow to the area, which will also help.
What To Expect at Premier Osteo Health & Wellness Centre Everyone wants treatments to be effective. But the main concern that most people in their later decades have is that treatment will be "rough" and painful. Effective treatments don't have to hurt to work. You will not find yourself being wrenched about or having your joints painfully manipulated or clicked.
A lot of what we do involves us gently moving your joints around, and slowly persuading (not forcing) them to move a little more. We also do a lot of work to stretch out tight and irritable muscles, but inside your comfort zone. Gentle osteopathic treatment restores movement & circulation to all parts of the body. Weakened muscles also need re-conditioning, and we will advise on stretching and strengthening.
We Understand that many older people are on restricted incomes and for that reason we try to give them as much possibility of helping themselves as we can, usually through suggesting a self-help program such as simple things to do at home. For most of our patients in this category, there is usually a noticeable improvement in comfort and mobility after three or four sessions, though some may need an occasional ‘top-up’ treatment, especially for long standing or severe underlying conditions or bad wear and tear.
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