Osteopathy for Arthritic Conditions e.g. Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis
As we get older, aches and pains can become more common, with osteoarthritis commonly being diagnosed. This usually affects weight bearing joints such as the hips, knees, neck and lower back. But it can affect any joint in the body.
In many cases, recurrent pain is attributed to wear and tear of joints and when seen on X-ray, shows as osteoarthritis. In most cases however, it is not the joint itself that is causing the pain - it is tightening of the soft tissue and the muscles. Osteopaths are skilled in identifying the relevant soft tissues (muscles, ligaments and tendons) causing pain and treating them, as well as the joint itself and the surrounding joints.
While osteopathy cannot reverse the effects of aging, it can help with these related symptoms. Gentle treatment can help by alleviating pain and improving mobility. This can help slow down the natural wear and tear process, ease muscle stiffness and aid the body in maintaining flexibility and coordination, allowing the older person to enjoy a fuller and more active life.