21 Oct Osteopathy Care For The Elderly
Osteopathy Care For The Elderly
Why seeing an Osteopath will help you in your later stages of life!
Around 30% of adults over 65 experience at least one fall per year, the Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Society claims. By 2051, it expects the cost of falls to rise to around $1.4 billion per year, an amount set to increase as the population rises.
The most common cause of falls for those aged 65 and over, according to a 2018 report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, was slipping, tripping and stumbling (34%) and falls from beds, chairs, steps and ladders accounted for a further 15%. The same report shows that more than 100,000 people in Australia over the age of 65 were hospitalised from falls in 2014-15, which represents a whopping 3% of all hospital admissions. Of these falls, a staggering 52% occurred in the home.
The World Health Organisation says that age is one of the key risk factors in the 37 million falls that need hospital treatment around the world each year. That’s because, as you get older, your muscles lose size and strength, your bones become less dense and your joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible. Many of these age-related changes—particularly to joints—are caused by lack of exercise. Staying active is an important way to stay healthy.
A visit to an Osteopath can help to keep you on the move. At Symmetree Osteopathy, we use a range of techniques including mobilisation, soft tissue massage, dry needling, stretching, joint manipulation and exercises to keep your body in good shape. At an initial consultation, we’ll talk to you about your goals and your medical history and develop a plan of treatment that helps to keep you active well into your later years.
Our experienced Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing. We look beyond your presenting complaint and try to identify causative factors which may be resulting in pain and dysfunction. These may be a combination of postural problems, bio-mechanical factors, repetitive strain or traumatic causes.
All of Symmetree Osteopathy’s practitioners are government registered healthcare professionals. For more information on how we can help you, or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 8418 0886