The older generation – “It’s just your age!” – heard that one before?
We understand that as part of the natural aging process the body can undergo many changes and adaptations. However, this does not mean that you should suffer with muscle or joint pain.
Ineffective pain management can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the older generation, leading to depression, social isolation, and a loss of function (3). Therefore, we need to take action!
First of all, let’s look at a couple of age-related changes that can happen to the body:
Arthritic changes can occur in the joints of the body. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis – eight million people affected in the UK (6). This type of arthritis affects the smooth cartilage of the joints and can lead to stiffness and pain, the muscles and tendons have to work harder to achieve the movement. In severe cases a lack of cartilage leading to bone rubbing on bone and subsequently to joint deformity.
If you are experience back or pelvic pain during pregnancy, you are not alone, and osteopathy may help.
Seventy-six percent of pregnant women report back pain at some time during pregnancy (4).
According to estimates, seventy percent of women experience low back pain, and twenty percent suffer pelvic girdle pain (2), during pregnancy.
One of the more common symptoms of pregnancy seen by osteopaths is low-back pain (7).
Throughout pregnancy, a woman’s body will undergo many changes that can have an effect on daily functioning.
The softening of ligaments due to the presence of relaxin, weight increase – an average of 10-12kg (5), and changes in posture can lead to additional pressure on joints in various parts of the body, including the spine and pelvis.
It is important to consider the position of, and the size of the baby; as this can have an impact on the mother’s posture and movement.
Osteopaths are regulated, primary healthcare professionals, who are trained in therapeutic techniques to treat a wide range of individuals, including pregnant women.
Your osteopath will carry out a screening, and refer you to a doctor or midwife if necessary.