Arthritis is a common condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the joints. There are many different types of arthritis, but the most common is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that results from wear and tear on the joint. It most commonly affects the hips, knees and hands.
Osteopaths are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. This includes conditions such as arthritis.
There is some evidence that osteopathy may be beneficial for people with arthritis. One study found that osteopathy improved pain, function and quality of life in people with arthritis.
However, osteopathy is not a replacement for medical treatment.
Osteopaths are trained to:
– assess functional movement and muscle tone of the body’s joints and muscles
– diagnose and treat problems with the musculoskeletal system, including posture and biomechanics using a range of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation
– provide advice on self-care and lifestyle changes to help manage conditions.
If you are considering osteopathy as a treatment for arthritis, make sure you see an osteopath who is registered by contacting us at Seaview Health Group near Highett for an appointment today!