Saturday, October 12th will mark World Arthritis Day. Awareness Days such as these are essential for giving people who suffer from a condition a voice, and can help sufferers to unite together.
Specifically, the aims of World Arthritis Day are to increase awareness of this painful disease among the medical community and the public alike. It is also hoped that the day will help lead the way in influencing policy makers to make them aware of the difficulty arthritis can cause to everyday life.
World Arthritis Day has been held for the past decade and it is organised by the European League Against Rheumatism or EULAR. As well as raising awareness, EULAR also does a lot of work to help improve education when it comes to arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
EULAR make it clear that its campaign isn’t limited to World Arthritis Day; its work continues year round to try and make life for people with arthritis that little bit easier.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with arthritis and the affects it can have on its sufferers, then arthritis is a painful disease that causes inflammation, stiffness and swelling in the joints. The disease varies from patient to patient, and some people are more badly affected than others. For many, it’s not just a case of painful joints; arthritis can stop people doing something as simple as opening a jar or chopping vegetables for a meal – something that many people would take for granted.
The main function of treatments for arthritis is to control pain, inflammation and swelling. If the joints are badly affected then the patient is likely to be referred for physiotherapy to help maintain mobility and dexterity. If you are one of those people who have arthritis and find that you are struggling with some of the most basic things, speak to your physiotherapist, who can refer you to an occupational therapist. An occupational therapist can discuss some of the aids that are available to make living with arthritis more manageable.
Many people with arthritis or pain find relief from complimentary therapies. Osteopathy can be extremely beneficial for patients with arthritis and can be a successful solution in helping to reduce pain. Osteopathy doesn’t involve any medication; it just gives gentle, hands on care to help your body move easier and without pain. For instance, one aspect an Osteopath might look at is your posture; changing your posture can help to relieve some of the stress and strain on your joints, thus reducing some of the pain you are feeling.
Unfortunately, Osteopathic treatment is not something that is readily available on the NHS; however, once you have found a good Osteopathic clinic, an Osteopath will be able to tailor a programme of treatment specifically for your needs and will work with you to relieve your pain.
People with lower back pain can also find great relief from working with an Osteopath. Moreover, Osteopathy has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of sports injuries, migraines and neck pain, as well as other types of pain disorders.