Osteopathy for the Elderly

Guided, professional support to reduce musculoskeletal pain and reduced flexibility due to aging.

Osteopathy for Seniors

Osteopathic care for the elderly aims to help with muscle relaxation, joint flexibility, healthy blood flow and postural balance, while reducing bodily pain.

Osteopathy for seniors may also help them stay active and independent for longer.

Our goal is for every senior visiting our clinic to experience an improved quality of life, less bodily pain and to leave each session feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Healthy seniors tramping and smiling after Osteopathy

Common Elderly Conditions for Osteopathy

Osteopathy may provide a great deal of relief to even the most elderly individuals. Conditions in older age patients commonly presenting to osteopaths include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintenance of functional mobility and postural balance
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Pelvic, leg or foot pain
  • Arthritic symptoms
  • Osteoporosis (for postural health)
  • Sluggish circulation and swelling
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Rehabilitation post-surgery

Note: Our clinic has a ramp for easy accessibility.

Stay active, stay independent

Who says you have to battle the effects of aging alone? Get a helping hand by booking a session with your local osteopath today.

Virtual Appointments Available

We understand in-person appointments can be a big commitment. At your first consult, we can offer a virtual appointment to help make a diagnosis.

Limited Spots Available

Our osteopaths keep busy treating many different patients from all backgrounds. Book your appointment today to reserve a spot!

What techniques do we use?

Osteopathic treatment for elderly patients involves whole-body assessment, individualised treatment, and take-home advice and exercises if necessary. Physical examinations assess movement, posture, body alignment, flexibility, muscle tone and joint mobility.

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Therapeutic massage techniques
  • Joint articulation
  • Functional stretches
  • Post-treatment take-home advice and stretches

Note: All osteopathic treatments use light pressure with the goal to ensure patient comfort and relaxation.

The Growing Bones Difference

We have a holistic team of practitioners that work together to ensure that we're getting you the best results for your pain, mobility and quality of life. Here's just a few things that set us apart from other Osteos in Melbourne.

3 osteopaths smiling with coffee in Growing Bones Melbourne clinic

Family-centred care

Young families come to us because we have a special interest in working with infants, children & pregnant women. We have all undertaken relevant postgraduate study and we have vast experience in the area.

97% 5-star feedback

Our customers love us because of our exceptional, highly qualified practitioners, our warm & friendly manner with adults & children alike, and how well we explain things.

Education & empowerment

We empower you to feel confident about the wellness journey you’re on. We help you to gain clarity on your treatment plan and teach you ways to continue the healing outside of the Clinic so it easily fits in with your lifestyle.

Our Osteopathic Team

Our team of osteopaths are experienced professionals that believe in taking a holistic approach to supporting optimal health and wellness in their patients.

Melissa McDougall

Senior Osteopath & Advanced Paediatric Osteopath
Special interests: infants and children, pregnancy, sports, adults

Janine Symington

Senior Osteopath
Special interests: infants and children, pregnancy, sports, adults, dry needling

Paris MacGibbon

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: children (5+ years), pregnancy, adults, dry needling

Jess Loughnan

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling

Rebecca Gunn

Registered Osteopath
Special interests: adults, children (5+ years), pregnancy, sports, dry needling


Book a session today & take your first step to a healthier life

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