Osteoarthritis is a natural aging process that greatly affects the elasticity of the musculoskeletal system increasing the chance of injury to the soft tissues and bony structures of the body. The affects of aging on the body’s structure give rise to symptoms such as:
- Generalised morning stiffness
- Lower back pain and stiffness
- Neck and arm pain
- Hip and knee pain
Often when people reach the age where they have more time on their side for recreational activities, it can be disheartening if pain and stiffness restricts them from enjoying these activities.
Many people mistakenly believe that the affect of aging on the body’s joints is untreatable and they have no alternative but to live with their pain. Medications prescribed for these symptoms such as anti-inflammatory medication can often have undesirable side effects.
How Osteopaths can assist:
Osteopaths are trained to seek out the underlying muscle/joint strains and, using a variety of simple hands on techniques, restore normal movement to the affected parts of the body.
Osteopaths aim to do this by using:
- Soft tissue techniques to increase blood flow to joints.
- Gentle mobilisation/movement of the joints.
- Indirect release and manipulative techniques.
- Postural alignment of joints, to minimise the wear and tear.
So if you have been experiencing an increase in aches and pains that are associated with Osteoarthritis, please contact us at Spring Osteo Clinic on 03 9830 7044 or book online.