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Dr Katie Willy - Osteopath

Our Osteopaths may be able to relieve the symptoms of your arthritis and provide you with self-management strategies so your day-to-day is more manageable.

If you or someone you know is putting up with arthritis pain, then it is important to know that many sufferers can get relief.

It’s not age, it’s just not moving well (don’t give in to age, are you blaming age?…if you are blaming age…come in…please let us assess you, it’s not that you are getting old!)

While there are about 100 forms of arthritis, the three most significant – osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis and gout – account for more than 95 per cent of cases in Australia (stats from Arthritis Australia). It is osteoarthritis that osteopaths have most success with. This form is due to wear-and-tear of the cartilage between the bones.

Although we cannot fix the joint changes that cause the arthritis, we may be able to relax the muscles of the joint and improve the movement in the joint, making it feel looser, lighter and less painful.  This approach is how we have helped many clients suffering from OA.

Alongside our manual therapy we often recommend heat application, gentle stretches and other aids to reduce the pain. The important thing to know is that not all arthritis is a lost cause!

Anatomy in Motion is another way we assist our clients to re-balance their joints.  Joints seem to wear out mostly in the same place person-to-person.  This tells us that more pressure is going through that side of the joint.  So consider that if we teach your body to weight-bear in the other parts of the joint, those tender portions should get some relief.  Check out our Anatomy in Motion Page here.
 

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