What is arthritis?

Arthritis means “ inflammation of the joints". There are many different types of arthiritis ranging from 'wear and tear' as in Osteoarthiritis to autoimmune ones (the body attacking itself) as in Rheumatoid arthritis.

 

All arthiritis lead to inflamation or the joints and the surrounding soft tissues. This usually causes pain and stiffness.

 

It is therefore important to keep the joints mobile and flexible as much as possible. Moving the joints would help with reducing the imflamatory process and slows down progression of arthiritis. Helping with the alignment of the joints also reduces the overload of the joints and slows down inappropriate wear.

What types of arthritis are there?

Osteoarthritis is associated with joint wear and tear, common as people get older and joints are overused or from trauma related incidents.

Autoimmune arthritis concerns the immune system attacking an individuals joints.

 

How Osteopathy could help you

Using osteopathic techniques can help prevent or delay deterioration and encourage quality of movement and release of muscle tightness over joints. Also working with the internal organs not only reduces tension from the inside ( especially for the joints of the spine) also reduces overactivation of the nervous system and muscle overfiring.

Osteopathy is also useful in benefiting patients of joint replacement in rehabilitation.

 

 

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