Osteopathy as you get older...
As we get older, the body changes: it looses some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also been subjected to a number of injuries and postural stresses over the years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes.
High blood pressure, digestive and circulatory disorders, arthritis and other such health issues may also have started to take their tolls on your body's energy supply and ability to perform. Quality of life and preserving mobility are especially important at this stage in life and osteopathy can be a very valuable aid. For some, it can also be a frustrating time as you become more aware of your changing physical limitations.
Treatment is usually gentle and aims to maintain health, prevent further injury and give you a better quality of life for longer.
- Gentle stretching daily helps maintain tissue elasticity and joint mobility
- Walk as much as possible to keep circulation healthy and maintain muscle tone
- Allow yourself to rest to recover from the day’s activities
- Break bigger tasks into "bite-size ones"
- Avoid doing the same thing for too long, and if it starts hurting somewhere STOP!
Go back to your task after a short break or a few minutes of doing something else.
- The use of good quality footwear can help reduce wear & tear to
the low back, hip and knee as well as making walking more comfortable
Source: British Osteopathic Association, http://www.osteopathy.org/
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