Most men will live to 85, while the majority of women will reach 89 years of age, according to research published by the Office for National Statistics in December 2012.
However, living longer is not necessarily good news for our bodies. Extra years mean extra strain on the joints and muscles, especially as many of us are exercising later in life in an attempt to maintain the optimum health and fitness levels for our age. While this should be actively encouraged, it's important to pay close attention to any niggles and aches that could potentially manifest into bigger problems.
At the other end of the spectrum, inactive seniors, who are unsteady on their feet, may find they look to the floor as they walk which creates a sense of security. This can place immense strain on the neck, back and shoulders. Mild exercise is essential to keep the body moving, build strength and improve balance.
Many of the aches and pains experienced in later life can be helped with Osteopathic and Orthopaedic Physical Medicine, for example:
Whilst there is no cure for chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis the pain and discomfort felt, can in many cases be helped.