Osteoarthritis (OA) affecting the hip and knee places a significant economic strain on our healthcare system, primarily driven by a surge in joint replacement surgeries. As these joint changes unfold and pain intensifies, individuals grappling with OA often encounter sleep disturbances, financial stress from treatment costs or reduced work participation, fatigue, and an elevated risk of social isolation.
In cases of Osteoarthritis, symptom flare-ups are common, typically triggered by activities, weather changes, weight fluctuations, or repetitive joint stress. Studies (1) indicate that manual therapy can play a beneficial role in managing these symptoms, enabling patients to re-engage in exercise and daily activities.
As Osteopaths, we employ gentle and secure manual therapy techniques to alleviate pain, enhance flexibility, and enhance the quality of life for individuals dealing with osteoarthritis. Our range of techniques includes:
Massage (to promote blood and lymph flow, reducing inflammation)
Joint articulations and mobilizations (rhythmic movements to improve joint motion)
Muscle energy release technique
Guidance on suitable physical exercises, proven to be beneficial in alleviating most painful conditions.
If you or someone you know is grappling with osteoarthritis, it might be worth exploring Osteopathy as a means to manage symptoms and improve overall well-being!