Arthritis

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Osteopaths work with Arthritis every day. 

Arthritic symptoms can be taxing on the body whether it's in your hands, knees, spine or somewhere else. 

The two main types of Arthritis are Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of joints and its cartilage) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (whole body inflammation). 

Although a cure for Arthritis has yet to be discovered, the symptoms can be controlled. Some people with Arthritis experience the classic features of pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with skilled osteopathic treatment.

You do not have to live with the painful symptoms of Arthritis.

Your Osteopath will listen and work with you to discuss the latest treatment interventions in order to help you manage your symptoms in the best way possible.

During the first few appointments, your Osteopath will conduct a full examination of your symptoms and treat the areas causing your symptoms. 

Arthritis is typically best managed with a small cluster of treatment sessions in a short amount of time followed by an appointment every 4-6-8 weeks based on what's best for you.


Your Osteopath will use hands-on techniques to help reduce your symptoms:

- Deep soft tissue massage (to help ease the muscles and joint compression). 

- Joint mobilisation/manipulation (moving your body to allow more movement from the joints).

- Exercise prescription (establish long lasting benefits and reduce risk of flair ups).

- Lifestyle and postural advise.

Osteopaths treat patients with Arthritis every day. Osteopaths can advise on good posture and can help you with treatment and advise on self help.

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If you would like to know more about how we can help you, call Optimal Osteopathy on 02920 564111. 


A little more about Osteopathy and Arthritis.

Osteopathic treatment can do a great deal to reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement. There are many popular misconceptions about arthritis. For example: 'Degenerative change on x-rays means that nothing can be done. Pain killers or anti-inflammatories are the only answer'.

In fact, joint wear and tear is normal after the age of 35 and joint degeneration is not equivalent to pain. The osteopath may well require x-rays, blood tests or even MRI scans to assess the extent of your condition. 

Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments.

You will be given positive advice related to your lifestyle about how you use your body.

Age is no barrier to osteopathy since each patient is considered individually and treatment is gentle. You may also be given advice about your diet, which in some people may be a factor in their arthritis.

Exercises to do at home may also be prescribed to improve joint function and to reduce muscle spasm. Exercise in warm water or salt baths may also be recommended.

Osteopathy is not a cure-all and there are situations when surgery may be necessary - such as hip replacement when you will be referred to a specialist via your GP. However, osteopathy can help with rehabilitation after surgery.

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