Arthritis Week – How can Osteopaths help?

Barry Kleinberg – October 2020

Background

Osteoarthritis affects nearly 9 million people in the UK. The symptoms vary from patient to patient and depend on the joint(s) involved. Common symptoms are pain and stiffness, however, swelling and tenderness in the joint are also possible.

Osteopathy and Arthritis

According to the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) manual therapy is listed as a possible treatment for Osteoarthritis. So how can we help?

Osteopathy – hands on

Evidence suggests that both soft tissue treatments (massage type treatments) and joint mobilization are effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. These types of treatments together with exercises (see below) may give pain relief and improve the function of the joints.

Osteopathy – exercise advice

If your arthritis is painful, you may not feel like exercising. However, being active can help reduce and prevent pain. Regular exercise can also:

  • improve your range of movement and joint mobility
  • increase muscle strength
  • reduce stiffness
  • boost your energy

Common exercises which may help with pain and day-to-day living include walking, cycling, water-based exercises and strengthening programmes. Your Osteopath may focus on a progressive programme of stretching and/or strengthening exercises, as well as guiding on your normal daily activities. Gentle exercises can be found at Arthritis Action. If you have any questions, please contact us!

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