Knee pain & Osteoarthritis
Signs - symptoms
Joint discomfort, stiffness & pain, reduced range of motion,cracking or crunching of joint in motion, joint deformity and weakness.
There are a range of treatments for Osteoarthritis, weight reduction, shock absorbing insoles, anti- inflammatory drugs, exercise & stretching, massage and aromatherapy.
Exercise benefits & recommendations
It is important to maintain cardiovascular fitness so CV training should be low impact: swimming, cycling, walking but avoiding over repetition and 3 times weekly.
Regular flexibility & mobility exercises should be included along with strength training to condition the muscles around the affected joint to maintain joint stability.
Personal training, rehabilitation exercises for Osteoarthritis should also include core stability and functional training to assist in movement & daily living tasks.
Sports massage, benefits & recommendations
Sports Massage and the benefits for Osteoarthritis is highly recommended to assist with the symptoms and pain of this condition by increasing range of joint movement, increased production of Synonvial fluid - this liquid greases the joint and so leads to less pain.
The benefits of Ultrasound therapy for Osteoarthritis: It works deep in the joint to warm, lubricate & breakdown any crystals within the joint It will increase localised blood supply promote the production Synonvial fluid leading to less pain and greater range of motion and mobility.
The benefits of Aromatherapy and Osteoarthritis . Gentle massage and joint mobilisation techniques, along with the use of aromatherapy applied via the skin in the form of massage or absorbed in a bath or warm compress. The use of essential oils can help slow down the degeneration process and assist with pain relief , Black pepper, Ginger & Marjoram are a few.
* Aromatherapy is widely available on the high street, however it is generally sold in very concentrated forms so always check for suitability with a qualified aromatherapist before use.
For more information on Arthritis http://www.arthritiscare.org.uk