Do you have stiff joints, wear and tear and suffer with daily joint pain? Having arthritis is a common condition that is by far the most common form of joint disease. It affects people all over the world and at least 8 million people in the UK.
From exercise to osteopathy and supplements, what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to managing the pain?
If you have ambition to get better or do the things you love, having osteoarthritis should not get in your way. Despite there being no cure, there are lots you can do to slow down the progression, to stay mobile and pain free.
Keeping active and moving daily with gentle exercise is by far the best way long term. Often times however, osteopathy in the early stages alongside your exercise program may be a good option.
Many patients fear that exercise will make the pain worse which often makes them less active. As a result, this can lead to the muscles that support the joints to become weaker and therefore stiffer.
This can be a vicious cycle that can increase pain and disempower the person to optimal health.
Being overweight can lead to more pressure on joints from a mechanical point of view, this is nothing new. Also, being overweight or even obese can lead to an increased circulation of hormones that create more inflammation in the body.
These “adipocytokine” hormones can actually speed up the rate at which joints break down, even in joints that are not load baring!
Diet and Supplements
Even though having a good diet is always advisable for general health but especially for those who have arthritis!
Eating a diet high in processed foods, trans-fats, sugar, alcohol and foods that one may be intolerant too can accelerate the inflammation process.
Eating more Omega 3 foods such as oily fish (wild caught salmon), grass-fed beef, walnuts and flaxseeds are excellent sources.
Omega 3 foods are anti-flammatory in nature but the person should concentrate also on eliminating a diet that is highly inflammatory.
Many patients I see take a Glucosamine & Chondroitin Complex supplement but the research suggests that it is needed to be taken long term for only small benefits.
Osteopathy and Arthritis
I may add that is this a shameless plug but of course osteopathy is an excellent treatment modality for osteoarthritis. Osteopathy can also be used to help manage the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis too!
Osteopaths are often able to alleviate some of the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Treatment tends to be gentle, specific and helps encourage the healing process by improving mobility, blood flow and calming down the pain messages to the brain. Click for more on the benefits of osteopathy.
Osteopathy for arthritis can include manipulation, mobilization, traction for the neck or lower back, massage therapy and relaxation techniques to help control the pain.
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