ARTHRITIS:
How can an Osteopath help you?
Arthritis

Arthritis Treatment

During acute phases, advice and care may centre on rest, hydrotherapy, appropriate nutrition and gentle remedial manual therapy (e.g. lymphatic drainage) More routinely, osteopaths gently stretch and mobilise arthritic joints, and massage surrounding muscles and tissues to ease discomfort and stiffness, and produce good mobility and power in affected areas. More generally, we work to promote good balance and function not only of the affected joints, but also of the surrounding joints and muscles to enhance whole body function. We give tailored advice on exercises, diet, posture and changes to lifestyle that will help our patients manage their condition over time.

We sometimes require X-rays, scans and other tests to make a diagnosis and on rarer occasions may refer you to a GP or a specialist for additional investigation or treatment.

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Arthritis Symptoms

  • Pain, swelling and inflammation in affected joints
  • Joint stiffness and restricted range of motion
  • Symptoms more prevalent after immobility (e.g. getting out of bed), decreasing with joint use
  • Most commonly affects the joints of the knees, hips, neck and back, base of the toes and hands
  • Most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, less frequent forms include ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, Reiter’s disease and reactive arthritis
  • Most commonly affects people after the age of 50 or as the result of body trauma, but some types can affect children (juvenile rheumatoid arthritis)
Exercise Videos

We have selected the exercises we most frequently advise our patients to do and turned them into short video clips.

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Top Tips for Arthritis

  • 1.Build in a daily exercise routine to distract affected joints and increase their range of motion, as well as to stretch and strengthen supporting muscle groups
  • 2.Take frequent stretch and mini-exercise breaks at work
  • 3.Consider contrast showering – alternating hot and cold flow – to promote good body-frame blood circulation and muscle function
  • 4.Ensure good sleep habits – retire to bed before 10 pm
  • 5.Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water throughout the working day
  • 6.Adopt a diet rich in alkaline foods i.e. salad and vegetables
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