This week is National Arthritis Week UK, so let’s look a little more closely at what arthritis is and how the Good Health Centre could help you, or someone you know who’s been affected by arthritis.
Arthritis is a common condition that can cause pain and inflammation in a joint. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, however, two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It can affect one joint or multiple joints and symptoms are often worse in colder weather – so if you have arthritic symptoms, have a read below and see how we can help you to keep your arthritis under control as the colder months blow in. The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly.
Who can get arthritis?
Anyone can get arthritis!
It often starts when a person is between 40 and 50 years old, but women are three times more likely to be affected than men.
Around 10 million people will seek help from their doctor with arthritis-related conditions each year! It is estimated that 8 million will have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes the joints to become painful and stiff – it is the most common type of arthritis in the UK.
Osteopathy and Arthritis
At the Good Health Centre, we offer a variety of treatments for patients with arthritis – the main one being Osteopathy. Osteopathic treatments can help to reduce pain, ease swelling and, most importantly, improve the mobility of someone affected by osteoarthritis. Treatment is not painful and can often relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis immediately.
Manual therapy, such as Osteopathy, could relieve pain, increase flexibility and improve the quality of life for people living with Osteoarthritis.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a way of detecting, treating and preventing health problems by moving, stretching and massaging a person’s muscles and joints.
Osteopathy is a recognised way of improving the body’s own natural healing ability and is an established method of treating problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. Trained osteopaths recognise that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and functions.
At the Good Health Centre, we offer Osteopathy for both adults and children suffering from arthritis. Have a look at our website for more information on Osteopathy and what it can do for you or a loved one today.