Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in adults worldwide. It is most common in the over 45 age group, but can also affect younger people that have another joint condition or have suffered previous injury.
Hip and knee joints are most commonly affected by arthritis, but spines, hands, wrists, feet and ankles are also frequently affected.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition, which causes the smooth cartilage lining the joint to wear away. Damage to this cartilage causes friction, making movement more difficult and leading to pain, stiffness and inflammation. Over time, the cartilage erodes and bony spurs (osteophytes) develop, which further exacerbates these symptoms.
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that can help to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. It does this by restoring balance and mobility to the joints, which helps to reduce inflammation and improve blood flow. This in turn helps to reduce pain and improve joint function.
Research shows that manual therapy such as osteopathy can relieve pain, increase flexibility and improve quality of life for people with osteoarthritis. This is reflected in NHS guidelines which recommend manual therapy (stretching and manipulation), alongside exercise, weight loss and pain meds to manage symptoms.
If you are suffering from arthritis, osteopathy may help to ease your joint pain and improve mobility.
Osteopathic techniques are designed to treat the structural causes of joint problems, therefore restoring proper biomechanics. This means that osteopathy can help with many diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, tendinitis and bursitis.
If you are interested in finding out more about how osteopathy can help to relieve your arthritis pain, please contact Autism Osteopathy today. We would be happy to answer any of your questions and discuss how we can help you to get relief from your arthritis symptoms.