Osteoarthritis Therapy for Pain Relief

Our fully-qualified and accredited osteopaths go above and beyond to alleviate your pain and support your overall health.

Osteo Allies HQ, 4 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PG
RJ Clinic, 107 The Street, Fetcham, Surrey, KT22 9RD
Woodside Clinic, 37a Hermitage Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1BY

How Osteopathy Can Help Your Arthritis.

If you’re looking for information and a way forward living with arthritis, you’re not alone. As many as 8.5 million individuals have painful inflammation due to arthritis such as in their hip, knee, and other crucial joint cartilage.

We understand one of the nasty realities of everyday life with arthritis is the uncertainty of when you may have a ‘bad day’. There are times when the pain feels like it is getting easier to manage, but then a ‘bad day’ comes along and with it can come a great deal of worry about one’s future living with the disease. 

Sometimes we can even feel cheated that the signs and symptoms haven’t been as difficult to live with, for instance, because of warm and dry weather. Frigid weather can heighten pain sensitivity, slow blood circulation, and cause muscle spasms. Arthritic pain could be worse during the night hours because of the cooler temperature. All of this can take a toll on our mental health.

Pain medication can be a temporary aid when dealing with chronic pain. However osteopathy has been proven to alleviate arthritis and joint pain, and it can be a solution to managing the condition, instead of relying on pain medication. Osteopathic manual therapy is a means of care which can alleviate the necessity for pain relieving medication.

Whilst there isn’t currently a cure for arthritis it is something that can be managed with good nutrition, dieting, exercise, losing weight, and positive lifestyle changes in general. 

In the UK, Osteopathy is a health profession regulated by UK law. This is worth noting because osteopathic care may put stress on the body in an attempt to alleviate arthritic pain, so it is worth finding a professional osteopath who has experience providing care for arthritic issues.

What Causes Arthritis?

Damage is accrued by the body over time in everyday life, though it occurs much more when it is the result of strain, such as from the damage accrued by infection and injury – particularly sports or leisure-related injuries. This damage, especially as we get older and go through the ageing process, doesn’t go away, but instead needs to be managed. The natural healing process our bodies go through as we age ceases to be as effective.

In the United Kingdom, the disease is most common in those over 50 years of age. The world’s mean population age is getting older every year as advances in medicine, nutrition, and general quality of life for the average person have increased greatly in the last century. 

The longer we live, the greater the amount of time we have to accrue wear and tear.

Our diets play a role in arthritic pain too. Eating processed food and saturated fats should be kept to a minimum, whilst eating a diet rich in whole foods is much better for one’s overall health. Eating a healthy diet will benefit your heart as well as your joints. 

It is generally recommended for chronic pain sufferers living with arthritis to maintain active lifestyles to prevent conditions such as obesity.  

If untreated obesity can lead to symptoms like Edema, which is excess fluid trapped in the body’s tissues, as well as an overall decrease in flexibility and mobility and an increase in stiffness.

How we can help you

If you would like an assessment or have arthritis pain please get in touch with us

How Osteopathy Helps with Arthritis Pain

You may be wondering if osteopathy has a connection to chiropractic care; the difference between both practices is that chiropractic care focuses on healing the spine, whereas an osteopath is concerned with the rest of the body’s overall healing.

Primarily osteopathic treatment is a manual therapy aiming to provide a better quality of life by reducing chronic pain and inflammation in the body. Surgery can help reduce pain and stiffness, and can improve mobility, but isn’t the only treatment available. Osteopathic manual therapy can provide chronic pain relief through the use of physical manipulation, stretching, and massage; all of which help the body to function better. 

The osteopathic treatment utilizes manual therapy for back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and leg and muscle weakness.

Because manual therapy uses physical manipulation, primarily with the osteopath using their hands on the body, some discomfort, mild pain, as well as a headache are possible after a session of manual therapy treatment.