Old age and retirement
Are aches and pains from arthritis or similar conditions cramping your style? Retirement can bring time for leisure, travel opportunities and interests to the older person. This is the chance for you to take up those sports and activities that you never had time for whilst working and bringing up your family. The body, however, has changed. It has lost some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also experienced injuries and stresses during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and arthritis.
The onset of health issues such as high blood pressure, arthritis and other health conditions have all begun to have a noticeable effect on the body’s energy and ability to perform. Many grandparents also help working parents by caring for their grandchildren – a pleasure for many but also a strain on the older body.
Keeping fit and healthy
Osteopathy can help greatly during this time. At Valere Osteopathy we will take a full case history so we can understand how the body has been affected so far. Then, after a full examination and assessment we will be able to offer treatment and advice to help improve mobility, circulation and immune function, and reduce joint stiffness and pain in arthritis so that you can enjoy all of those activities you want to do.
The treatment is usually gentle and aims to maintain health and prevent further injury. As Naturopaths we can also provide dietary advice to help support your body, complement any medical treatment you may by receiving and to help maintain healthy bones and joints.
How to stay active
- Gentle stretching daily to help maintain tissue elasticity and joint mobility
- Walk as much as possible to keep circulation healthy and maintain muscle tone
- Have a daily rest to recover energy for the rest of the day’s activities
- The use of trainers or similar supportive footwear can help to reduce wear and tear to the knee and hip joints, and can also help reduce back pain when walking on hard pavements.
Professionalism and safety
To qualify, an osteopath must study for four to five years for an undergraduate degree. This is similar to a medical degree, with more emphasis on anatomy and musculoskeletal medicine and includes more than 1,000 hours of training in osteopathic techniques. By law, osteopaths must register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is an offence for anyone to call themselves an osteopath if they are not registered.
The British Medical Association’s guidance for general practitioners states that doctors can safely refer patients to osteopaths.
If you want help and advice staying fit, healthy and mobile in old age and retirement call Julie Boyd at Valere Osteopathy on 020 8444 6725 or enquire via our web page www.valereosteopathy.co.uk.