Many of our clients who come to visit us at our Mitcham clinic experience osteoarthritis – and our team of physiotherapists are experienced, trained and fully qualified to help.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition that impacts your joints, bones, cartilage and surrounding soft tissues. It is the most common form of arthritis, and typically affects the knees, hips and ankles, along with your fingers and spine. You might find that your joints are stiff, painful and difficult to move. At worst case, often this will lead to needing a knee or hip replacement.
Research shows that there are many Australians who will suffer from osteoarthritis. However, this isn’t necessarily a degenerative condition, and there are ways to manage your symptoms so you can continue to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. That’s where we can help you at BodyMotion Physio.
How to Treat Osteoarthritis with Physiotherapy
When it comes to treating osteoarthritis, physiotherapy has a range of benefits. Here at BodyMotion Physio, we offer a range of treatments and exercises to help you avoid osteoarthritis, such as:
- Physiotherapy: Our physiotherapists are fully trained and qualified to treat this condition, with a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to looking after joints and the human body. We use a ‘hands-on’ approach to help tackle this condition, employing a combination of sports massage and other exercises to treat the problem.
- Myotherapy: We also offer myotherapy at our clinic, which is designed to prevent soft tissue damage and restricted movement of joints. This form of treatment gets its name from the myofascia it addresses – referring to the thin sheets of tissue that surround the muscles in our ligaments and tendons. Myotherapy works on the principles of physiology, anatomy and biomechanics to treat the human body. Our specialists will put together a tailored plan for you, using a combination of joint manipulation and remedial massage to treat the affected joints and muscles.
- Clinical Pilates: Clinical Pilates is a great way to address spinal and lower back pain, while also improving your body’s flexibility, sense of balance and stability. It promotes a greater sense of wellbeing while also helping to tone your muscles and prevent any further injuries. It can even enhance your neural function! Through our supervised 30 minute sessions, we will use Clinical Pilates to help you strengthen your body and determine which direction you move most comfortably in.
- Massage Therapy: Our remedial options include a deep tissue or remedial massage. This offers numerous restorative benefits for the body by applying a deep, firm pressure to target any particular areas of concern. This way we can manage any soreness or pain you might be experiencing, and ensure the muscles continue to work well together.
Together we can tailor a personalised approach that’s right for you. However, prevention also starts at home. Read on to learn about some of the measures you can take in your day-to-day life to reduce the risk of developing this condition.
Preventative Measures Against Osteoarthritis
What are some of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis? Here we look at some of the most common health factors that can prevent you from experiencing this condition:
- Keep active with plenty of exercises: It’s important to avoid a sedimentary lifestyle where you spend the majority of your time sitting or lying down. This inactivity can lead to deterioration of the muscles, resulting in loss of mobility and body strength. Maintaining regular physical activity is key, with 30 minutes of exercise a day typically recommended for most adults. Stretch your legs – go for a walk or ride a bike.
- Watch your weight: Being overweight increases the chances of developing osteoarthritis, as this places additional strain and pressure on your muscles and joints.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Eat well and follow a balanced diet, with an even mix of fruit, vegetables and proteins (such as eggs or meat). Dairy is also important to help you keep healthy, strong bones.
These three points are crucial to preserving your mobility and overall quality of life.
Developing a Treatment Plan Just For You
When you come to visit us at BodyMotion Physio, we’ll sit down to have a chat with you and go over your medical history – looking at any symptoms and pre-existing injuries or conditions you may have. We’ll also assess the state of your muscles, posture and physical mobility, while also analysing your daily lifestyle.
From there we’ll be able to tailor a personalised plan just for you. Of course, our specialist team will be on hand every step of the way to guide and assist you with a range of effective treatments, activities and exercises.
To book an appointment with us, give our clinic a call on (03) 9873 3333 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re open Monday – Friday (as well as Saturdays. Come see us at 216 Mitcham Rd, Mitcham.