I have arthritis or another chronic condition – how can osteopathy help?
Obviously these long-standing conditions cannot be cured by osteopathy, nor can we turn back the clock.
However, we can often help to optimise the function of the body, keeping you active and reducing pain, so that your life remains as normal as possible. Osteopathy may make the difference between ‘learning to live with it’ and continuing to do whatever activity it is that makes your life enjoyable. It is a matter of changing the balance so that you are in control of the symptoms, not the symptoms being in control of you.
For example, people are sometimes diagnosed by their GP with joint arthritis and then are left to wait for a replacement operation, sometimes for months, without help other than painkillers. Osteopathy can ease this period, maintaining health and activity until the operation. Osteopathy can also help post-operatively, to restore normal function, in conjunction with remedial physiotherapy.
Many patients come for regular ‘maintenance’ treatment of chronic conditions. One of my senior patients says:
“When I have had a session with Mary Monro I leave feeling more supple, lighter on my feet and spiritually uplifted – all helping to raise my quality of life. Sometimes the osteopath will place her hands on two positions of my spine which induces a wonderful feeling of relaxation and peace. If one wishes to know more of the whys and wherefores of the treatment she is very willing and open in giving you interesting and enlightening information. Whether you are a few days old or have seen very many birthdays, such as myself, she is very likely able to help you”. CC, 84, Warminster.