There are millions of people across the world that use physiotherapy for arthritis as it helps manage their pain. Physiotherapists can help patients understand how their muscles and joints are affected by arthritis and this typically helps them manage the effects of it. Arthritis can result in widespread muscle and joint pain and it can also be restricted to one specific area of the body.
Certain medications may help relieve the discomfort, but the team at FIT Physiotherapy will be able to educate you about other effective pain-relief methods which can be combined with medication.
Many of these methods such as ice and heat packs can be used at home between your appointments. These will help relax and soothe swollen joints and tired muscles. Splints may be used for painful or swollen joints with cases of rheumatoid arthritis and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is effective at altering your perception of or blocking pain. This treatment comes via a small device which can send tingling electronic pulses to the nerve endings through pads which are attached to your skin.
Rest and activity
There’s often a fine line between doing too much physical activity and not doing enough when you suffer from arthritis. The pain may increase if you overextend yourself, but too much rest isn’t good for the condition either. The experienced FIT Physiotherapy team will advise patients on how much activity they should be doing and which specific exercises will be the most beneficial to them. There needs to be the proper balance between activity and rest and our therapists will be able to provide you with this.
The exercise process starts slowly and gradually increases over time. This will enable your joints and muscles to strengthen and will also increase your stamina and overall fitness level without causing additional pain. In addition, a regular exercise program will stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones.
It’s important for sufferers of arthritis to keep active since your joints have been designed for movement and the tissues and muscles weaken if they aren’t being used. This can result in instability in the joints and your independence and mobility could be reduced. You therapist will discuss a beneficial exercise program with you and help you get started on it. You should start off gently and then gradually increase the level of activity. You may feel pain at the beginning, but this should diminish as your strength increases.
Some of the other types of arthritis treatments you may receive at FIT Physiotherapy include massage, acupuncture, electrotherapy, and manipulation. Massage is used to help relax the muscles and make the movement of your joints more comfortable. Acupuncture is used as a way to produce endorphins by stimulating your brain. There are several different techniques which can be classified as electrotherapy, such as low-level laser therapy and ultrasound and these can help reduce arthritic pain. Manipulation is used to help improve the joints’ range of movement. Not all types of treatments are effective for each patient, but your FIT physiotherapist will recommend the best methods after assessing your condition.
Since arthritis usually causes weak muscles and stiff joints your daily activities can often be affected. Our physiotherapists will assess your range of movement and muscle strength and advise you how to keep the joints working and moving as well as possible via exercise. Hydrotherapy pools may also be recommended as they enable you to exercise while in warm water. This allows you to move the affected joints and muscles without putting any strain on them.
Fit Physiotherapy is Newmarket’s leading physiotherapy clinic, providing the latest in physiotherapy techniques in our modern wellness clinic. Contact us today and find out how we can help relieve your arthritis pain.