Arthritis is thought to be suffered by as many as 10 million people throughout the UK, yet despite its commonality, this condition is often woefully underestimated in terms of the pain and symptoms that sufferers experience, and how osteopathy can help.
An overview of arthritis types
Osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is typically caused by general wear and tear, and results in stiffness, pain, swelling, a grinding feeling and loss of mobility in the joint
Rheumatoid arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes pain, stiffness, tenderness and inflammation in joints, as well as also possibly causing fatigue.
Gout – Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid in the bloodstream, symptoms include: red/purplish skin, peeling or itching, limited mobility, pain, swelling and extreme tenderness.
Ankylosing spondylitis – Ankylosing spondylitis affects the spine and pelvis, which become inflamed.
Osteopathy can help with each of the main forms of arthritis, and an osteopath can additionally refer you onwards to other medical professionals, should this be required. Osteopathy should be considered as complementary to many other forms of treatment and can be most effective where also using pain-relieving medication.
General symptoms of arthritis
General arthritis symptoms include:
• Joint Pain
• Low back pain
• Swelling and Inflammation
• Neck Pain
• Hip/Knee Pain
• Referred muscle pain
• Lack of mobility
• Early morning stiffness
An osteopath may help arthritis sufferers by…
• Manipulating and massaging the muscles surrounding the affected area to reduce pain and immobility.
• Improving the functioning of the lymphatic system for optimal draining – which in turn can reduce swelling.
• Massaging, moving and stretching the affected joints to foster optimal fluid movement.
• Assisting in rehabilitation following certain surgeries, such as a hip replacement.
• Offering tailored advice as to how pain and inflammation can be reduced – this may include advice on diet, nutrition, support, posture and exercise.
Osteopathy and arthritis: Further considerations
The practice of osteopathy is patient focused – tailored to each patient and their individual needs. The aim of treatment for the arthritis sufferer is to re-introduce mobility and decrease inflammation through applying gentle techniques. The treatment is completely pain-free, and in many instances the patient can begin to feel benefits of pain relief almost immediately.
During your first appointment, you’ll undergo a comprehensive examination and consultation so that we may put together a full case history and develop a treatment plan. This physical examination will involve a straightforward number of movements, and we will place our hands on you (this is not painful) to discover areas of weakness, and assess the best treatment for you.
To make an appointment call us on 020 8316 5316.