Stiffness and Tension
Stiffness and tensions are common side effects of a host of illnesses and injuries. Although general feelings of stiffness and tension are extremely common these issues can become a burden and cause considerable discomfort and difficulties when performing everyday activities, sports or tasks at work. Even a small amount of stiffness or tension can have a big impact on movement and function, and will enviably cause an imbalance of structures within the body.
Osteopathy is a complementary treatment that bases its principles on the acknowledgment that all of the body systems are interlinked. A stiffness felt in, for example, the shoulder may actually be caused by a different problem in the neck. An osteopath based at the London Osteopathy clinic can address these potential interlinks. With extensive knowledge and experience in stiffness and tension, they are able to offer you a thorough assessment and treatment intervention. It is important to have a proper diagnosis of the reasons behind the stiffness and tension in order to follow a suitable treatment protocol.
Massage is a great starting point in the management of stiffness and tensions. A massage can help to reduce these symptoms by not only encouraging relaxation but also increasing muscle temperature, promoting circulation and healing. Improvements in tissue elasticity and therefore flexibility may be experienced following regular massages. Increasing tissue elasticity reduces restricted movement and allows the muscles to relax. It is well documented that relaxation is key to decrease pain levels and prevent further issues linked to muscle tension. In some cases, gentle exercise classes such as Pilates can help to improve joint mobility and reduce the symptoms of stiffness and tension. Pilates focuses on strengthening muscles within the proper alignment of the body planes. The London osteopath clinics are able to offer Pilates classes in central London, Beckenham and Holborn locations, so easily accessible to London clients.
Gentle stretching and strengthening through a combination of osteopathy and Pilates at the London Osteopathy clinic may help to improve your overall function, enabling you to continue with your normal lifestyle until the symptoms of stiffness and tension eventually subside. The advice offered by your osteopath in regards to lifestyle, diet, exercise and stress management will be a key part of your recovery journey, they will be able to best advise you on these matters, empowering you to self manage your condition.
Osteopathy for Arthritis
The goal of osteopathy treatment in relation to arthritis is to reduce any imbalances that may be contributing to the condition. Following a thorough assessment at one of the three London Osteopathy clinics, your treatment will be tailor-made to your individual requirements. This may include a variety of gentle movements, stretching, massage and manipulation of the affected joints.
These techniques aim to relieve muscle tension and pain whilst working to improve joint flexibility. Work may be done on surrounding joints to take the stress and strain off the affected area, ensuring that loading of the joints through activities such as walking is as equal as possible.
The increased blood and lymph supply to the treated area can optimise healing to the joint and surrounding tissues, following several session you may notice a reduction in pain and an overall improvement of function in your everyday activities. With the reduction in symptoms, many patients can increase general fitness through activity and lifestyle changes which can further improve health and therefore breaking the cycle of inactivity and pain avoidance.
Your osteopath will be able to provide home exercises and positive, friendly advice in regards to posture, balance and nutrition to enable you to self manage your condition confidently and effectively.