How does an osteopath treat older adults?
Osteopathic care for the elderly aims to maintain flexibility in the body structure for pain free quality of life. By working on the structure of the adult body, osteopathy may assist in muscle relaxation, joint flexibility, healthy blood flow and postural balance.
Holistic osteopathy for older adults at Growing Bones involves whole body assessment, individualised treatment, and take home advice and exercises if necessary.
What can I expect from my first osteopathic session?
Happily, most people find the overall experience of an osteopathic treatment quite relaxing and stress-relieving.
Your first osteopathic consultation will be one full hour to allow ample time for your osteopath to fully understand the history of your condition, thoroughly assess your presenting complaint, and ascertain the best individualised treatment approach.
(Subsequent consults at 30 minutes are standard. You have the option of 45 minute subsequent consults for more complex or chronic conditions.)
Your osteopath will also perform a physical examination to assess your general movement and posture, alignment of pelvis and spine, flexibility, muscle tone, and joint mobility. The actual treatment involves the use of relaxing but in-depth therapeutic massage techniques and gentle rocking motions to influence joint mobility and muscle relaxation. As restrictions in the body are located, they are massaged, stretched, manipulated and ‘rocked’ (articulated) to relax and release muscles and joints, and improve blood flow to the area.
You will probably feel quite relaxed and refreshed at the end of your osteopathic session, some people do experience some tenderness the days following treatment. We recommend you relax afterwards to allow your body to integrate the treatment.
What types of conditions are suitable for osteopathic treatment?
All our osteopaths have several years of experience in treating a wide range of adult conditions and pain presentations. Research suggests that osteopathic manipulative treatment has a therapeutic effect on lower back pain, neck pain, musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, and headaches / migraines. (read more)
Conditions in older age 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
Osteopathy may provide a great deal of relief to even the most elderly individuals. Our clinic has ramp access to ensure getting to and from your treatment remains easy, stress-free and enjoyable.
Want to know more about osteopathic care?
To find out if osteopathy is suitable for you, please call us on (03) 9687 3040, or make an appointment using our secure online booking tool.