Osteopathy and the Older Patient, but first an announcement!

I am delighted to share with you that Kibworth Osteopaths has been awarded Osteopath of the Year for Central England, for the second year in a row! 

The reviews that have been left on my social media and Google pages were all considered by the judges. A massive thank you to all of you that have taken the time to leave feedback. 

Osteopathy is a profession that can help people of all ages, including the older population. 

My Grandma who is approaching 90 will often say to me two things about being classed as elderly. Firstly it doesn’t come alone (it brings ‘friends’ such as arthritis) and secondly it is not for the faint-hearted. 

Osteopaths treat a wide variety of physical complaints, from a sudden injury to those old niggles. 

Injuries can and do happen at any stage of life. The older we are the harder it is for our body to make a full recovery, therefore external help is more often needed. 

It is astonishing what people put up with, putting physical pain down to their age. 

Yes, our body does degenerate with time and use, but just as cars benefit from a service and MOT so does your body! 

From head-to-toe Osteopaths are trained for four years at university to provide safe hands on treatment. Whilst I do not have a magic wand that can reverse the effects of time, osteopaths are highly trained to work with the older body, in a gentle and effective way which can ease the effects of wear and tear. 

However many years ‘young’ you are, I encourage and support my patients to have an active lifestyle as this is important for both the physical body and the mind. 

An active lifestyle as we get older helps in supporting continued independence as well as maintaining body condition. 

Lots of people sadly think that there can be no improvements made to certain age-related physical conditions. There are often things that can be done to make things more manageable as well as more functional. 

This is why I provide safe and effective rehabilitation exercises for my patients, as movement is medicine for your body. 

As we get older we do often have other health conditions to be mindful about. 

Osteopaths are trained to understand and work with other ailments in a safe way. 

Osteopaths are also highly trained to spot things that have not been picked up on, such as osteoporosis for example. 

I have really good links with the local doctors. I always ensure I communicate any concerns I may have to them, ensuring my patients receive the best possible care from me. 

My advice, if you are living with age related aches and pains, is don’t be stoic and suffer. I am here to help you. 

Nothing makes me happier when I hear ‘Emily I picked the towel off the floor today and it didn’t hurt me’ or ‘I walked to the shop and back today, and I have not done that in a long time’. 

For more information on how Osteopathy can help you, please visit www.kibworthosteopaths.co.uk or call me directly on 07761664325. 

Emily Coombes (B’Ost)

Registered Osteopath (7416)