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Age Related Wear and Tear

Aches, pains and repetitive strains? Not moving as easily as you used to? Then a general maintenance program may help.

Without general maintenance, injury, pain and stiffness can accumulate and trail throughout the body. Many become accustomed to living with low to medium grade pain and restricted movement, this can lead to new patterns of tension and altered gait. For example, a common complaint can begin to affect the soft tissue surrounding the affected area or joint as well as the integrity of neighbouring joints.

A general decline in muscle tone, strength and flexibility is sadly part and parcel of the ageing process. Living a sedentary lifestyle will also often increase injury; recovery time and can lead to further aches and pains. However, this deterioration can be delayed or prevented by generally caring for your body and mind day-to-day, and once in a while reviewing your state via a general maintenance program.

Your treatment plan

After a thorough medical history and examination procedure treatment needs to address the underlying causes and any exacerbating factors. 

Acupuncture - is a fantastic tool not only for pain relief but for wear and tear and can be used as a temporary adjunctive treatment for osteoarthritis knee pain. 

Massage - A combination of bodywork such as tui na, acupressure, massage, reflexology, relaxation, breathing and mindful awareness exercises are also a core strategy that has proven helpful for many people.

Other Lifestyle factors - Creating restful sleep patterns, making sure you have the right diet, nutrients and nourishing eating habits are also key, as well as addressing any emotional issues that may be involved.

British Acupuncture Research Fact Sheets - For further information please take a look at the related issues section on the right hand-side of the screen.

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