Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain, swelling, inflammation and often stiffness in the joints of the body.
The most common types of arthritis are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis, but there are many other types including ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis and reactive arthritis. Certain types of arthritis can also affect children.
How Osteopathy can help with arthritis
Gentle manipulative and massage techniques by osteopaths can help some arthritis sufferers. Treatment is individual, gently moving and stretching an arthritic joint, massaging surrounding muscles and tissues to help ease discomfort.
At Chapel Place osteopaths we work on the general mobility of other joints and muscles to help the overall mechanics of the body work better.
Whilst Osteopathy can’t cure arthritis it may help relieve arthritic pain, improve movement and reduce the load placed on the joint by ensuring the rest of you body is moving well.
We keep up to date with the latest research to give the best advice on exercises, diet, posture and lifestyle changes. Sometimes we work with your GP to arrange X-rays, scans or other tests and treatment if required.
Useful web links:
Arthritis research UK https://www.versusarthritis.org/