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Osteopathy for Arthritic Pain

Arthritis is a condition that can affect people of all ages, although its prevalence increases with age. There are many reasons why a person may develop Arthritis and person to person your experience of living with Arthritis may be vastly different.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of Arthritis and refers to the pain and swelling of joints caused by the wearing down of the cartilage that overlies the articular surfaces.

What causes Osteoarthritis?

  • Age

  • Overuse injury

  • Sports injury

  • Genetics

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis

  • Joint pain

  • Joint stiffness

  • Joint inflammation

  • Restriction in movement

  • Reddening of skin overlaying joint

  • Swelling

  • Weakness

  • Muscle wastage

Osteopathy for Arthritic Pain

Alongside load bearing exercise, Osteopathic treatment can help reduce the pain of arthritic changes and improve your joint range of motion. Due to the inflammatory process and destruction of the joint cartilage it is common for the joint and surrounding muscle tissue as it compensates to enable movement, to become painful and swollen during this time.

Physical therapy is recommended for arthritic pain and can help maintain and improve your joint range of motion and reduce these compensatory aches and pains. Osteopathic treatment will involve techniques such as soft tissue work, articulation and mobilisations as well as fluid drainage techniques. To support this exercise advice to stretch and strengthen the imbalances an arthritic joint may have caused both local to the joint and to restore disturbance to the rest of the body.

If you’re suffering from Arthritic pains get in touch and find out how your Osteopath can help. Looking for an Osteopath in West Berkshire book an appointment with us at or contact us direct to find out how we can help.

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