As we gracefully age, aches and strains may seem like an inevitable companion. However, at Cairnhill Physiotherapy in Auckland, we believe that managing pain shouldn’t be synonymous with enduring it. Let’s explore how ageing affects the body and how proactive measures can help control discomfort to a significant extent.
It’s natural for the body to change as the years pass. The wear and tear on joints, the deterioration of cartilage and the thinning of spinal discs are all part of the ageing process. Reduced suppleness and flexibility are to be expected, but the good news is that we have strategies to help you navigate these changes effectively.
While some discomfort is typical with ageing, leaving it untreated can escalate into chronic pain. This progression is unpredictable, but what’s certain is that chronic pain often leads to a loss of function in the spine, joints or extremities. This issue is exacerbated when reduced activity becomes a coping mechanism, ultimately hindering your overall well-being.
Chronic pain can trigger a protective response, causing you to avoid using or moving affected areas like your arms, legs, back or neck. Unfortunately, this avoidance leads to a decline in joint, muscle and structural function. Over time, the lack of activity results in reduced blood supply to the area, potentially leading to conditions such as arthritis and a further increase in pain and discomfort.
Contrary to the protective instinct to limit movement, being more active can play a pivotal role in pain management. Increased activity restores circulation, aiding in smoother joint movement and reduced pain. However, it’s crucial to embark on this journey gradually through a supervised program designed to suit your individual needs.
While we don’t promise a miraculous cure, our expert physiotherapy team can help you manage discomfort, ensuring a more comfortable and active lifestyle. You don’t have to resign yourself to living with pain, regardless of your age. Reach out to us, and let’s work together to keep you moving and feeling good. Don’t let pain dictate your journey – take control and embrace the ageing process with confidence.