Helping you keep healthy in later life
Healthy ageing is something we should all aim for, in order to enjoy the wonders of our later years to the fullest.
Everybody gets grey hair and wrinkles as they get older. In the same way, it is normal for our muscles, bones, joints and associated tissues to change as we age.
Ageing does not necessarily mean that we will experience increased pain or stiffness. However, if this does become a problem, people often find that treatment and advice from an osteopath can help. Importantly, osteopathy can also complement GP care and pharmaceutical products.
If you do begin to notice problems, your osteopath can work with you to keep you healthier, allowing you to enjoy the pleasures of life more fully in your later years.
Tips to keep you healthy and active:
- Do around 150 minutes of exercise per week, in blocks of ten minutes or more (enough to make you warmer and breathe harder, whilst still being able to have a conversation).
- This can help reduce the risk of circulation problems and falls.
- Exercise might include activities such as dancing or brisk walking.
- This type of activity can also help improve your mood and levels of confidence.
- Make sure you eat a healthy, varied diet.
- Do some form of balance exercises twice a week (for example, Tai Chi).
- This is also recommended as you get older to help reduce the risk of falling, particularly if you are over the age of 65.
- Try to also include exercises that strengthen your arms, legs and body.
- When walking for relatively long periods, wear trainers or similar footwear.
- The use of trainers or similar footwear can help absorb shocks and take the pressure off your knees, hips and spine when walking for longer periods.
- Take time to rest.
- A short rest can help recover energy for the remainder of the day’s activities
How can your osteopath help?
You do not have to put up with aches and pains simply because you are getting older. Although aches and pains may be a common element of ageing, they do not have to get in the way of your lifestyle… Healthy ageing is possible!
Many people find it helpful to talk to an osteopath. You can discuss ways of keeping active, preventing common problems such as falls, and managing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and osteoporosis.
Healthy ageing: Osteopathic treatment
Osteopathic care and treatment is based on the individual needs of the patient. It therefore varies depending on your age, fitness levels and diagnosis. They will therefore carry out assessments to determine how best to help you with healthy ageing.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle hands-on techniques that focus on releasing tension, stretching muscles and mobilising joints.
Moreover, your osteopath can advise you on habits and simple at-home exercises that will allow you to keep yourself healthy. This type of advice will help you prevent or reduce the impacts of age-related health issues, and improve your quality of life.
If you wish to find out more about the in-clinic and at-home treatments we offer at the Tilsworth Clinic, please visit our ‘Treatments & Prices’ page. If for health and safety reasons, you prefer to limit your contact with others, you can also book telephone or video appointments (tele-health consultations). To find out more about tele-health consultations, you can scroll to the bottom of our ‘What do we treat’ page, or consult our ‘Treatment and Prices’ page.
What to expect from your osteopathy appointment
Osteopaths are highly trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing health issues, including those which may require further investigation.
When you first visit an osteopath, you practitioner will ask you about your current symptoms and medical history. All information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the standards of practice set out by the General Osteopathic Council and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), May 2018. For more information, you can visit out Terms & Policies page.
It is natural to worry about your symptoms and their cause(s). Your osteopath will always complete a routine examination that checks for more serious diagnoses and discuss with you any further action that might be required.
After this examination, your osteopath will discuss your treatment options with you. You and your osteopaths will then jointly decide an appropriate and suitable treatment plan, and the likely associated costs. This plan may involve several visits and, very occasionally, further tests and/or referrals to another appropriate health care professional.
Your treatment may begin at your first appointment. You may experience mild discomfort afterwards, but in most cases, this will pass within 24 hours.
If you have any concerns about your treatment, we encourage you to discuss them further with your osteopath. If you wish, you are more than welcome to bring someone with you to your consultation.
Osteopaths: Registration, training and regulations
In the UK, the osteopathic profession is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. By law, an osteopath must be registered with the Council to practise. Moreover, to remain registered, Osteopaths must comply with strict regulatory requirements and high standards of professional practice. They must also maintain regular professional development.
These requirements give patients the same sort of guarantees and protection as those given by doctors and dentists.
Before obtaining our registration, osteopaths must attain a Masters of Osteopathy (MOst.) and complete over 1,200 hours of clinical placements (direct patient contact time).
Osteopaths are recognised by NHS England as Allied Health Professionals. They playing a critical role in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people of all ages.
You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath, although you may wish to do so.
The content on this page has, in large part, been lifted from the ‘Healthy Ageing’ page of the Institute of Osteopathy website. Please visit the iO website for more information on this or other osteopathy topics.