I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my knee and back. What can I do to help relieve my pain and how can osteopathy help?
Many of us have ‘wear and tear’ in our joints and this is a perfectly normal part of the ageing process. As an osteopath I see many people with arthritis and it’s my job to help them manage their condition as well as using techniques to improve flexibility and improve quality of life. Osteoarthritis is most common in the over 45 age group and the weight bearing joints such as the hip and knee are most affected.
My work involves releasing muscle tension around the affected joint and improving the range of movement. This will reduce pain and inflammation whilst also increasing flexibility. I commonly use acupuncture as a means of calming the nervous system and improving joint function.
Moderate exercise is also good for relieving the symptoms of arthritis as it stimulates blood flow and fresh nutrients into the joints and helps decrease inflammation.
Diet is another important factor in helping to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Oily fish such as mackerel and salmon have widespread health benefits along with two tablespoons of flaxseed daily has proven anti-inflammatory affects. Some relaxation and reducing your stress levels by spending time with loved ones cannot be underestimated too!