Osteopathic Treatment can alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatism including:
What is Rheumatism?
Rheumatism is not a specific medical condition but the term used to describe symptoms of pain and inflammation in joints, muscles and connective (soft) tissue. As well as pain and swelling the sufferer may also experience stiffness of joints and limited movement in the affected limb or joint.
Although rheumatism can affect any part of the body it most commonly affects knee, hip, back and neck joints.
Is Osteopathy Effective In Treating Rheumatism?
Although osteopathy cannot cure rheumatism, the emphasis on the role of the musculoskeletal system in maintaining well-being means that osteopathy is extremely effective in treating symptoms of rheumatism such as joint pain, lack of mobility and stiffness as well as swelling and inflammation. Gentle exercises and pain management techniques may also form part of the treatment enabling the patient to manage their rheumatic symptoms away from the clinic.
Osteopathic Treatments Used in Treating Rheumatism
Although the type of osteopathic treatment used is dependent upon the needs of the individual and their symptoms, treatment of rheumatism may use a variety of osteopathic techniques; ranging from traditional osteopathy and cranial osteopathy to more modern osteopathic treatments such as Exercise Rehabilitation, vibrotherapy and Shockwave Therapy; all of which are designed to correct and realign the mechanical structure and to enable the body to stimulate it’s own healing processes.