Degenerative or Osteoarthritis is linked with ‘wear and tear’ of the joints resulting from excessive stress and strain put on an area through poor posture, heavy manual work and old injuries. The joints involved become worn, painful, and stiff. This type of arthritis is commonly seen and treated effectively by Osteopaths.
Many arthritis sufferers are told that ‘nothing can be done, you just have to live with it’ or ‘pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs are the only treatment available’. Osteopathy does not aim to reverse the damage already done to the joints, but treatment can certainly ease the pain, reduce swelling and stiffness and restore some joint mobility.
The objective of osteopathic treatment is to get the best results in the affected areas by improving the mobility of arthritic joints as much as possible. Associated joints and tissues may also require treatment to ensure that they are functioning well enough to take the extra strain and compensate for the damaged joint(s), thus maintaining good overall mobility.
In chronic cases it may not be the actual arthritic joint(s) that causes most of the pain. The body often naturally tries to protect the joint by splinting it with muscle spasm, and it is the muscles and soft tissues which are the source of the aches and pains. Osteopathic treatment can reduce this excessive muscle tension, ease the pain and improve movement.
Osteopathy can help with:
general back & neck pain
tennis elbow & other sport injuries
neck-related tension stress & headaches
repetitive strain injury
pregnancy-related back pain