There are many ways to stay active and manage the symptoms of osteoarthritis
Ageing is a natural physiological process. One part of the body which is greatly affected by the process of ageing is the musculoskeletal system. As we get older, the elasticity present within our body deteriorates, which increases the risk of injuring the soft tissues and bony structures of the body.
The effects of ageing on the body’s structure give rise to symptoms, including:
- Generalised early morning stiffness and reduced mobility
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Neck, shoulder, arm or hand pain
- Hip, knee and foot pain
- Arthritic pain and joint swelling
Soft tissue massage, articulation and stretching, can be used to relieve these distressing symptoms.
Manual therapy may also help with:
- Rehabilitation following surgery/replacement (for example: back, hip or knee)
- Keeping shoulders, hands and wrists mobile for tasks of daily living, including cooking, writing and driving
- Avoiding or delaying the need for surgery
- Exercise prescription
- Dietary advice
For tips on safe gardening practices, management of osteoarthritis and osteopathy in general, refer to our relevant pages on the website.
If you are unsure of whether osteopathy is right for you, feel free to call our clinic for advice