Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition sometimes called ‘wear and tear’ usually affecting the spine, hips, knees, feet, and hands.
“It’s not the beginning of the end”
Many people coming in to see me for arthritic pain believe this. The first thing I like to do is educate my patients that It’s NOT! Arthritis is a naturally occurring part of life, but with good treatment, the pressure will be taken away from your painful joint. Combined with good advice around diet, exercise and stress levels I can slow the process down, helping you lead a healthy life.
Activity can be one of the best things to help arthritis – but some people cannot even walk at times due to high pain levels. Here at the bepainfree.ie clinic I can free up your body and slowly help you along the way to recovery by using tips and tools to conserve energy, protect joints, manage pain and simplify everyday tasks.
Unfortunately, doctors are not educated around the various avenues available to patients and will simply advise medication or an exercise program or worst case scenario, an operation. Of course surgery may be necessary but in my opinion, a good course of osteopathy must be considered to see if I can help, before you go under the knife.
Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens the bones to the point that they become fragile. It occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more quickly than the body can replace them, leading to a loss of bone thickness. One in four Irish women and one in 20 Irish men will suffer a fracture due to osteoporosis by the age of 60 and these rates are set to increase.
How can osteopathy help?
My techniques help to lengthen the spine taking the pressure off all joints. You’ve seen elderly ladies and men who are hunched over or have gotten smaller, well this is typically down to osteoporosis. By using very gentle and safe techniques coupled with good advice we can help you out of pain to enjoy a happier life.
Please feel free to call me if you’d like any more information on how I can help you.
How can you tell if you have osteoporosis?
Get a Bone density test done…
Currently, the most reliable way to measure bone density is the dual-energy absorptiometry scan or DXA. A “DXA” scan is a short, painless scan that usually measures the density of your bones at the hip and spine.
– Vitamin D and calcium promote bone density.
– Vitamin D is important because it helps your body absorb the calcium in your diet.
– Vitamin D is naturally obtained from the sun.
– Vitamin D can also be found in small quantities in foods such as:
* fatty fish (salmon, herring, mackerel)
* fortified foods such as low fats milk and margarine.
If you want STRONG BONES, then exercise!
Simply put, your body will design its bone density based on your needs. You need to be doing weight-bearing exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, tennis, netball, dancing or any running sport. Non-weight-bearing exercises, such as swimming and cycling, do not promote bone growth.