Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
As one ages there is associated physical and physiological changes that occur within the body. A loss of bone density, a reduction in muscle mass, reduced flexibility, decreased vertebral body size and strength as well as slower nerve conduction velocities all contributes to increasing functional impairment. For a practitioner treating the elderly, it is important to recognize these physical changes and adapt any treatment regime accordingly. Such changes may include more passive, gentle mobilization techniques, modification of muscle therapies, adaption of exercise or stretching programmes and specific lifestyle changes such as posture or balance exercises.