Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. It affects people of all ages, including children.
Types of arthritis
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis
The symptoms of arthritis you experience will vary depending on the type you have. This is why it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis if you have:
joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
inflammation in and around the joints
restricted movement of the joints
warm, red skin over the affected joint
weakness and muscle wasting
Many people with arthritis find complementary and alternative therapies helpful. They do not cure arthritis, but they may help to ease symptoms. Complementary therapies are often used alongside conventional treatment.
There are dozens of complementary and alternative therapies. Our physiotherapists and chiropractors may use a variety of different manual techniques, including:
manipulation and stretching
technologies such as ultrasound, laser or interferential treatment
exercise programmes to strengthen muscles and improve general fitness.
Acupuncture is also used successfully to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Very fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. It’s thought to work by diverting or changing painful sensations sent to the brain and by stimulating the body’s own pain-relieving hormones (endorphins and encephalins).
Some of the therapies most popular with people with arthritis are:
physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy, tai chi & yoga
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