Can Osteopathy and Pilates help to improve arthritic symptoms?

Can Osteopathy and Pilates help to improve arthritic symptoms? The answer is “yes”.

Arthritis is the general term used to describe an inflammation of the joints, however there are many types of arthritis, the most common being:

  • Osteoarthritis – which involves the wearing down of the cartilage in certain joints of the body. As cartilage acts as a protective coating for the ends of bones when it begins to wear down it can result in inflammation, pain and stiffness in the joints.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system is mistakenly triggered to attack the joints resulting in inflammation and pain in and around the joints. As it relates to the immune system sufferers may experience additional symptoms, such as fatigue and loss of appetite.

So how can an Osteopath and a Clinical Pilates Instructor help?

An Osteopath can assist with the management of various kinds of arthritis and in all age groups. We can help by improving joint mobility and the way the body moves and can also reduce tension and pressure in the joints. Our experienced team can help with the management and control of arthritis symptoms which can include pain, muscle tightness and spasm, joint swelling, restriction of joint movement, as well as local and systemic inflammation.

Pilates is a low-impact form of exercise, designed to stretch, strengthen and bring the body back into balance. There are a number of modifications that can be made to accommodate each individual’s condition, such as arthritis. For example, exercises can be modified to use a smaller range of motion. Also importantly, your Pilates Instructor will ensure that you are maintaining the correct posture and form in order to achieve the best results and avoid any further pain or discomfort.

Our team of experienced Osteopaths and Pilates Instructors at Williamstown Osteopathy and Pilates will take care to ensure that each treatment and exercise is specifically tailored to your individual needs. It is important to note that while there may be no cure for all arthritic conditions, we will endeavor help you to manage and find relief from your pain. Please don’t hesitate to make a booking with our friendly and caring team today on (03) 9397 8877.