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Arthritic physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists can help you to understand what happens to your joints and muscles when you have arthritis. Understanding your arthritis will help you to manage its effects.

Keeping active is very important when you have arthritis.
Many people are afraid that exercise will increase their pain or cause further damage to their joints, but your joints are designed to move and the muscles and tissues around them become weaker if they’re not used. This can cause your joint to become unstable and may reduce your mobility and independence.
Exercise can increase your general fitness, help you to lose weight or keep to a healthy weight, improve your general mobility and make you feel more self-confident.
Arthritis can cause pain in one particular part of the body or more widespread joint and muscle pain. Medications will help but a physiotherapist can tell you about other methods of pain relief that work alongside your medications.
Some of the techniques we apply are

  • Ice packs can be used to soothe hot, swollen joints.
  • Heat packs help to relax tense, tired muscles..
  • Splinting of swollen or painful joints may be helpful, for example during a flare-up of rheumatoid arthritis
  • TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) works by blocking pain messages to your brain and altering your perception of pain
  • Graded exercise starts slowly and increases in small steps. This will help you to strengthen your muscles and joints and increase your fitness
  • Massage can help the muscles relax and make joint movement more comfortable
  • Electrotherapy using techniques such as ultrasound and low-level laser therapy can help to stimulate the healing process and therefore reduce pain.
  • Manipulation can help to improve the range of movement in your joint.

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