Focus On: Arthritis

What is Arthritis?

There are two main types of arthritis; Osteoarthritis (OA), wear of the joint cartilage, and Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an inflammatory auto immune condition affecting the outer covering of the joint known as the synovium.


Arthritis can lead to joint stiffness and pain, joint swelling and redness, weakness in muscles.

Arthritis can be present in any joint but is most commonly seen in fingers, spine, hips and knees.

Although there is no cure for arthritis there are a few factors that can help the management of symptoms. Along with life style changes, osteopathic treatment can also be beneficial.

Lifestyle changes

Regular exercise: cycling, swimming, Pilates/yoga and walking are good examples to maintain joint mobility, strengthen muscles and ease pain.

Wearing suitable footwear: trainers or supportive shoes for walking and exercise.

Losing weight if you’re overweight: a combination of dietary changes and regular exercise can help. If you need assistance with this please contact your GP, a nutritionist or dietician to help you.

How can Osteopathy help?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy used for treatment of a wide range of ailments. Osteopathic treatment can help to manage arthritic symptoms. A range of techniques including joint mobilisation, traction techniques and soft tissue massage along with gentle exercise suggestions can help to maintain the joints function.

Treatment is aimed at reducing muscle tension and pain, encouraging and maintaining joint mobility, encouraging fluid dynamics to reduce swelling and building strength and stability of the joints.

If you are experiencing joint pain or have arthritis and you would like some further information, please get in contact with the clinic and one of our Osteopaths will be able to guide you.