Arthritic Conditions

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Arthritic Conditions

Can Osteopathy help with Arthritis?

Osteopathic treatment can do a great deal to reduce pain, ease swelling and improve mobility and range of joint movement. Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and reducing inflammation by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments. At Osteopath Sutton you will be given positive advice related to your lifestyle about how you use your body.

Osteopaths spend a large amount of their time dealing with the pain and suffering caused by arthritis. Many people mistakenly assume that arthritis is untreatable and that they must learn to live with their symptoms.

What is Arthritis?

Broadly, arthritis may be divided into two types – degenerative and inflammatory. Degenerative or OSTEOARTHRITIS is the commonest form, sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ and is usually localised to a specific site such as the hips, knees or spine. Its classic features of pain, stiffness and restricted mobility may often be eased and improved with skilled osteopathic treatment.

Inflammatory arthritis such as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS is generally a systemic disease affecting not just joints but the whole body. Like osteoarthritis it produces severe pain, stiffness and often deformity.

Pain-killers and Arthritic Pain, Do’s and Don’ts

It is never advisable to take pain relief before taking part in high-impact activities or physical work.  This is because without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and re-damage injured muscles and ligaments.

Although it is always better not to take drugs, as they all have side effects, they can be useful in some circumstances.  lf muscle pain is preventing you from sleeping, this can have a serious effect on your whole life, and it is worth a compromise of the side effects of the pain-killers for a good night’s sleep.

Pain-killing drugs can sometimes counteract the effectiveness of other medication you may be taking, and in some cases can be very harmful.  Therefore it is important to check with your Doctor or Pharmacist as to whether they are appropriate, or indeed safe.

Some inflammatory conditions will benefit from NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) but again, it must be remembered that they may reduce inflammation but not the cause of the inflammation.  Also they can cause stomach problems in some cases.

Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey – Nearby Towns

Avenue Osteopath Sutton, Surrey is near the towns of Stoneleigh, Ewell, Worcester Park, Epsom, Morden and New Malden.

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