Arthritis is a common condition which causes pain, swelling and inflammation and often stiffness in the joints of the body.
The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid, but there are many other types including ankylosing spondylitis, gout, psoriatic and reactive. Certain types can also affect children.
Osteoarthritis is a result of wear and tear of the joints in the body. It is common in people over 50 and most commonly affects the joints of the knees, hips, neck and back, base of the toes and hands.
How can NIHP Durham help my arthritis?
Treatment is individual, gently moving and stretching joints and massaging surrounding muscles and tissues can help ease some of the discomfort. Sometimes your practitioner may work on general mobility of the other joints and muscles in the body to help the mechanics of the body work better.
- Bowen Technique is a safe, gentle and effective therapy that can help address the problems of pain, inflammation and immobility that accompany a diagnosis of arthritis.
- Massage and manipulation techniques can help some sufferers, by reducing muscle tension and promoting relaxation.
- Acupuncture often works with very good effect. Very fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body and thought to work by diverting or changing painful sensations sent to the brain, stimulating the body’s own pain-relieving hormones.
- Pain is never a purely physical phenomenon and Counselling may help, learning to think differently about pain and altering your behaviour can sometimes be helpful, especially with long-term pain.
- Relaxation techniques are helpful in many conditions. They work both by relaxing tense and painful muscles and by relieving the anxiety that makes pain more difficult to bear.
Your practitioner may also give advice on exercises, diet, posture and changes to lifestyle. X-rays, scans or other tests may be required and your practitioner may refer you to your GP for any additional investigations and treatment.