Osteoarthritis Therapy For Pain Relief
Common in those over 50 years of age
How Osteopathy Can Help Your Arthritis.
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?
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 Osteopathy Helps with Arthritis Pain
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.
Looking after your Physical and Mental wellbeing
Our range of therapies complements each other to ensure we create ultimate wellbeing.
Nutritional advice will help those with stomach and visceral problems. Osteopathy and exercise rehabilitation works with alignment, injuries and posture. Reiki, Tai Chi and Counselling ensure that our minds are dealing with everyday stress efficiently.
How we can help you
If you would like a spinal assessment or have an injury please get in touch with us or