Osteopathy for arthritis can help with pain relief and help you move more easily, and can work as an adjunct to core osteoarthritis treatments and exercise.
As we age, arthritis damages the cartilage of joints, which normally acts as a cushion in the joint.
As the cartilage wears away, the bones of the joint press against each other and this causes pain.
The muscles around the affected joint also often tighten up in response to the changes, causing more stiffness and pain.
Although osteopathy cannot cure arthritis itself, it can provide relief to the pain it causes.
Gentle articulation of the affected joint(s), and relaxing the muscles around the joints will help relieve the pressure and improve mobility.
Other areas of the body will also be treated to makes sure they work as well as they can, to reduce the stress on the arthritic joints.
The Hip and Knee joints are commonly mentioned by patients with arthritis, although other joints can be affected to, including those in the spine.