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Arthritis, often synonymous with osteoarthritis, is a term that should not instil fear, as it is a natural part of the ageing process affecting individuals to varying degrees. The wear and tear or degenerative changes seen in joints, particularly in X-rays or MRIs, are common indicators of osteoarthritis. This degenerative joint condition is prevalent in adults over 45 but can also affect younger individuals with joint conditions or previous injuries 

Osteoarthritis primarily impacts joints such as the hips, knees, spines, hands, wrists, feet, and ankles. It is characterised by the gradual erosion of the smooth cartilage lining the joints. As the cartilage wears away, friction increases, making movement more challenging and resulting in pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Over time, the condition progresses, leading to the development of bony spurs (osteophytes), further intensifying symptoms

Osteopathy as a Therapeutic Approach

Research indicates that manual therapy, including osteopathy, can effectively alleviate pain, enhance flexibility, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals with osteoarthritis. NHS guidelines recommend manual therapy, alongside exercise, weight management, and pain medication, as a holistic approach to managing osteoarthritis symptoms. This implies that there are viable alternatives to surgical options, offering patients a range of interventions to explore.

How Osteopathy Helps

An osteopath employs various techniques tailored to the individual’s situation to address osteoarthritis. These techniques include gentle articulation, massage, stretching, and joint mobilisation. The primary goals of osteopathic treatment are to release muscle tension around affected joints, enhance the range of movement, and promote better joint health by improving blood and lymph flow. Collectively, these measures work to reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness while increasing flexibility.

In addition to direct intervention at the affected joint, osteopaths aim to optimise the function of related body areas. This ensures that

 movement and loading are distributed evenly, contributing to an overall improvement in joint health. Osteopaths may also guide on strengthening and stretching exercises to be performed at home.

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Your journey towards optimal health and well-being is important to us. If you’re feeling the need for personalised, holistic care that addresses your unique health challenges and goals, we’re here to help. Our team of skilled osteopaths is dedicated to providing you with the highest standard of care, designed to support your body’s natural healing process and improve your overall quality of life.

Don’t let pain or discomfort hold you back any longer. Contact us today or book your appointment and take the first step towards a healthier, more balanced life. Together, we can achieve your health objectives and enhance your well-being.