Osteoarthritis

A condition that affects your joints, causing pain and stiffness.  This type of joint disorder is the gradual breakdown of articular cartilage which affects bone underneath, this will progress as you age.  There are two categories primary and secondary.

Primary - Is of no known cause, obesity although not linked with the onset of osteoarthritis, will not help the condition and may accelerate it by putting too much load on the affected joint.  This condition is more common in women.

Secondary - This can be followed by an old injury on or near the joints, such as fractures affecting the articular surface,  dislocations and ligament sprains involving complications.

 

Rheumatoid arthritis

An autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints, the main symptoms are joint pain and swelling and can affect the tendons, muscles and bursa.  This is the second most common form of arthritis in the UK and its precise cause is not known.

 

Both conditions have no real cure but can be slowed down and pain levels reduced with the use of medication, losing weight and having a healthy diet, sports massage to release load and tension in muscle and fascia and stretching.

There is no reason to quit sport or exercise but each case should be individual.

 

So how can sports massage help arthritis? 

It is important to have treatment of the soft tissues surrounding or passing over the joint to help improve the condition. This will correct imbalances which will affect the joints and exasperate the arthritis.  Having muscles working smoothly and effectively will reduce the strain on the affected area.  Sports massage will help arthritis sufferer's by assisting the body's removal of dead cells, stimulate the healing process and reduce load on the joints. 

Here's an example of a client who had back pain in three different areas.

After a scan which showed arthritis he was told he would have to live with it!  His boss (who was a current client) recommended he came to see me for an opinion, after the consultation we agreed to try 3 to 4 treatments.  After the fourth treatment, all the pains were gone and there was no recurrence.

This is an example of a scan ‘showing something’ but this was not the factor, tight muscles and fascia was the culprit in this case.  There are degrees of severity in all diseases and conditions, now although arthritis was present it was so mild that it wasn't an issue.

So maybe don't take a scan as the final word, seek alternatives, its worth a shot of several treatments to see if it helps.