This isn’t going to be one of those articles that promises a miracle cure. Unfortunately, arthritis as we currently know it is an incurable condition. However, it’s also a reality that many sufferers could be managing the affliction better than they currently are, and a fantastic way to do that is through the use of physiotherapy.
So, the purpose of this blog entry is to outline how physio can improve the lives of those with various forms of arthritis, as well putting to rest any fears they may have about not being able to handle a formal exercise program or even making their symptoms worse. Neither of those things should be a concern, as we will explain…
Physiotherapy for Arthritis Can Improve Mobility
A key to managing arthritis is learning to keep the joints in question moving so that the surrounding muscles and connective tissue don’t become weaker through lack of activity. That natural weakening can be a downward slope. A professional physiotherapist will help you to understand the science behind your condition and, through a personally tailored exercise plan, how to safely keep the afflicted joints moving as well as or better than they are at present.
Physiotherapy for Arthritis Can Reduce Pain
Following on from the above, the fitness program you receive from your physio will build at a rate you can handle, so as not to cause any extra pain. On the contrary, it’s ultimate goals of strengthening your musculo-skeletal problem areas, boosting your overall fitness level and helping you lose weight (if necessary) should have the opposite effect: actually reducing pain from arthritis. Your body will be better equipped to handle activity and you’ll also benefit from the natural pain relief of endorphins, aka the hormones that give athletes what’s known as a “runner’s high”.
Physiotherapy for Arthritis Can Help You Stay Active
We’ve talked about the added mobility and strength that physiotherapy can bring, both of which obviously help a person stay active. What we haven’t mentioned is the confidence gained from successfully following a regular exercise routine, and from following the advice of your physiotherapist on how to move around more safely in daily life. Armed with this self-confidence and knowledge, managing arthritis doesn’t have to mean giving up on all of the tasks and leisure activities you’d ideally like to undertake each day.
Physiotherapy for Arthritis Can Even Delay the Need for Surgery
It stands to reason that if you’re reducing pain from arthritis and not allowing the muscles and tissue around afflicted joints to waste away, there should be less pressing need for a surgical procedure to restore function or assist with the pain. The sufferer may still wish to have an operation, but at least they will have more of a choice in the matter.
Have You Tried Physio for Your Arthritis?
If not, now is the time! The friendly, caring team at Glenhaven Physiotherapy has been providing expert-level therapy to Glenhaven and surrounding Sydney suburbs since 1991. We pride ourselves on professional development and always stay up to date with the latest advancements. Contact us by emailing , phoning (02) 9680 4960 or using the enquiry form on this site.