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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.

What are the most common causes of injuries?

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%), whilst 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.

What are the most common causes of falls?

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.

Can Osteopathy help?

A visit to an Osteopath can help to keep you on the move. At Relinque Sports & Spinal Group, we use a range of techniques including mobilisation, soft tissue massage, stretching, joint manipulation and exercises to keep your body in good shape.

Our Osteopaths can also prescribe exercise programs that focus on improving your strength and balance.  The stronger and more balanced you are, the less likely you are to fall and injure yourself.  Doing a few specific balance exercises each day can make a significant difference to your ability to prevent falls.

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.

To learn more, give Relinque Sports and Spinal Group a call on 03 9499 9644.