Osteopathy for the elderly

English speaking osteopath for the elderly Nice – Roquefort les Pins

As we age a certain amount of stiffness and decrease of joint mobility occurs.  Accepting some changes with age is reasonable however keeping mobile is very important as we age since it will maintain the body’s optimum capabilities.

Nobody can reverse the effects of age, but osteopaths can help the body in its ability to compensate for the changes by improving joint mobility, easing stiffness and loosening muscles, reducing pain and therefore reduce reliance on pain medications.

In many elderly patients, arthritis is the cause of joint swelling, pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion.  Symptoms may come and go, be mild, moderate or severe.

There are two main types of arthritis:

  1. Degenerative or Osteoarthritis (OA)is the most common form of arthritis.  It is a joint disorder, characterized by change of joint including loss of cartilage and osteophytes formation.  It becomes particularly common with age (often becomes symptomatic in the 40s and 50s and only half of the patients with pathologic changes of OA have symptoms).  The joints involved become worn, painful, and stiff.  This type of arthritis is commonly seen and treated effectively by Osteopaths.
  1. Inflammatory or Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that primarily involves the joints.  It affects about 1% of the population and women are affected 2 to 3 times more often than men.  Onset may be at any age, most often between 35 yr and 50 yr.  Onset is usually insidious, often begins with early morning stiffness of affected joints, generalized afternoon fatigue and malaise, anorexia, generalized weakness, and occasionally low-grade fever.  The joints are usually painful, swollen and stiff.  This type of arthritis is mainly controlled with medication, but again Osteopathic approaches can relieve many of the symptoms.

Osteopathy cannot cure arthritis, but treatments can certainly ease the pain, reduce the stiffness and restore some joint mobility, improving the quality of daily life of patients.  Treatment is gentle and completely non-invasive. Osteopaths guide the stiff joint through its range of movement, gently stretching and easing away stiffness.  Associated tissues may also require treatment to ensure that they are functioning well in order to compensate for the damaged joint(s).

At Osteo-Centre the osteopath can also advice on gentle stretching exercises to try to preserve joint movement and prevent exacerbations.

In occasional cases, when surgery is necessary, patients will be referred to a specialist.

When to consult

It is recommended to consult an osteopath as soon as symptoms appear.

It is also advisable to have a regular osteopathic assessment (2-3 times a year) for prevention and to avoid the accumulation of tensions and trigger pain.  The osteopathic assessment involves the verification of posture; and treatment to address the stresses and strains of your daily life and activities with the aim of improving your quality of life.   It is also advisable to have an osteopathic assessment pre and post operations, before the operation to better prepare your body and after the operation, once the healing is finalised, to return your body to optimum function.

 

 


English speaking Osteopathic Clinic Nice – Roquefort les Pins 

Location, opening hours and how to contact us

The English speaking osteopathic clinics in Nice and Roquefort les Pins are opened from Monday to Friday from 8am-8pm, on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.  Emergencies are usually taken on the same day and home visit are also available.

For an appointment call Katie D’AGOSTINO, Osteopath D.O. MROF on 06 60 51 23 42 or email katiedagostino@yahoo.com

English, French, Italian and Spanish spoken

Location

Osteopathic Clinic Nice

80 Rue Marechal Joffre, 06000 Nice

Osteopathic Clinic Roquefort les Pins

1157 Route de Notre Dame, 06330 Roquefort les Pins


“Life is movement. Osteopathy helps to restore body movement and function, to reduce pain and improve your quality of life.”