Arthritis (Spondylosis)

How Osteopathy can help your Arthritis

Your body adapts to uncorrected spinal stress by depositing calcium into affected joints, ligaments and connective tissues. As if the body is trying to mend a broken bone, it attempts to ‘repair’ the malfunctioning joint by joining two bony surfaces together. This degenerative process has several medical labels including spondylosis, arthritis and spinal decay.

As with tooth decay, early detection of spinal decay can help avoid painful symptoms and permanent damage. Many people allow their problems to worsen until the integrity of the spine has become permanently compromised.

Phase 1

Pain or other symptoms may not be present. Your osteopath will detect a loss of normal spinal curves and a reduced range of motion.

Phase 2

If still neglected, bony spurs form as the body attempts to ‘splint’ the joints, leading to abnormal joint function.

Phase 3

Calcium deposits are laid down between the joints until they can eventually become fused together. This can produce permanent nerve damage.

The purpose of osteopathic care is to locate these areas of the spine that are not working correctly and improve the structure and function.