Arthritis is actually two totally different types of conditions, although the symptoms may appear the same or similar.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritic condition and is associated with wear and tear of the joints of the body. Muscles tighten up around an arthritic joint to give greater stability where necessary. As the condition progresses you may hear or feel 'grating' sounds/ sensations in the joint. Osteopathic treatment can have a beneficial effect on arthritic joints depending on the severity, and may assist the benefits of other medical treatment. In severe cases Tim may consider that an operation may be worth considering, if it is beyond osteopathic help.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a metabolic and highly inflammatory condition - a member of the auto-immune family of conditions. It is associated with the body having a negative influence on itself and not associated with wear and tear. Patients usually have to take anti-inflammatory medications on a regular basis. Rheumatoid arthritis of itself, does not respond to osteopathic treatment very well. The osteopathic approach is to help the person as a whole so that they can cope better with the condition rather than claiming to treat the actual condition. Other arthritic conditions such as psoriatic arthritis also come within the auto-immune family and do not respond as well to osteopathic treatment as osteoarthritis.
If you have painful or aching joints Tim is highly qualified to diagnose the nature of your condition and decide if osteopathy is beneficial or whether you should be referred back for medical care.