Ageing is a natural physiological process that we cannot avoid. As we get older, the elasticity present within our body deteriorates and thus excess strain is felt through our joints and muscles.
This occurs at a stage in our life when we have more time for recreation, only to find out that age-related pain and stiffness prevents us from experiencing our new found freedom. To compound this, our fitness levels start to decline leading to further inactivity.
The effects of ageing on the body’s structure leads to symptoms that are commonly aided by Osteopathic and Exercise Physiology treatments, such as:
- Generalised, early morning stiffness
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Neck, shoulder and arm pain
- Hip and knee pain
- Arthritic pain and stiffness
People over the age of 55 are more likely to suffer from the effects of osteoarthritis. This degenerative condition creates joint stiffness and pain which then restricts mobility. Many people mistakenly believe that the effect of ageing on the body’s joints is untreatable and they have no alternative but to live with it.
That’s where Sports & Spinal Albury Wodonga can help you find a solution. Our Osteopaths provide:
- Treatment aimed at increasing joint mobility and decreasing muscle tension,
- A home exercise program to keep you stronger and more flexible,
- Guidance about outdoor activities and exercises, such as daily walks to keep your circulation healthy and maintain muscle mass,
- Information about other therapies like yoga, Tai-Chi and gym-based training to maximise strength and your balance.
No doctor’s referral is necessary to see an Osteopath. Most of the clients who come to our clinic are referred by their friends or family members as they have been so impressed with the service we offer. Osteopathic treatment is covered under the Chronic Disease Management scheme and the Department of Veterans Affairs, provided you have a referral from your general practitioner. Most private health funds cover part of the cost of Osteopathic treatment in their “extras” schemes.
What to expect in your consult?
Your initial consultation will involve a comprehensive assessment where we ascertain your relevant past history, including previous injuries and medical history, followed by a physical exam to determine not only the diagnosis but also find the root cause of your problem. This will be discussed with you and a treatment plan will be formulated to accommodate your needs.
The treatment itself will vary from individual to individual, but will often include a combination of hands on therapies, dry needling, taping, advice, exercise prescription as well as other options.
Osteopaths are covered by most Private Health insurance schemes. To be sure you are covered please consult your insurance policy. We have HICAPs facilities available for those with Private Health so you can automatically claim your treatment and only have to pay the gap.
No referral is necessary to come to our clinic.
Osteopaths like to be thorough and hence our consults tend to take half an hour on average.
It is advised that you arrive between 5 and 10 minutes prior to your initial consult as you are required to fill out a new patient and informed consent forms before treatment can commence.