Most of the time, seniors with chronic pain have non-optimal posture, examples are :
Forward head posture – this puts strain on the joints and soft tissues of the neck
Slumped back – this strains the vertebrae, discs and soft tissues of the thoracic spine
Excessive posterior pelvic tilt (bum tucked under) – this can cause strain to many other parts of the body and affect balance
Knock knees or bow legs – strains the joints and soft tissues of the knees, feet, hips and pelvis
Collapsed arches – this can affect the entire body
The aim of physiotherapy is to minimize stress on joints and soft tissues by balancing tensions and distributing load. Chronic pain can be caused by arthritis, inflammatory conditions and other medical conditions. This might need to be treated with medication or other anti-inflammatory and analgesic methods.