Arthritic and rheumatic pain

A rise in obesity and sedentary life style, coupled with increased life expectancy means that osteoarthritis is becoming a common health complaint. Various joints in the body can be affected by osteoarthritis.

Degeneration begins as ‘wear and tear’ and only becomes painful in the more advanced stages. It is characterized by reduced fluid dynamics in the joint, cartilage breakdown and reduced elasticity in the surrounding ligaments, tendons and muscles. Without intervention, weight bearing in the joint is not distributed evenly and this can result in the formation of abnormal bony growths and joint swelling.

Pain is caused by inflammation and excess fluid within the joint. We can help alleviate the pain by stretching the stiff soft tissues that surround the joint and mobilizing the joint to redistribute any excess fluid. These simple joint movements may even have the potential to stimulate new cartilage growth.