Osteoarthritis affects one in five people, and is Australia’s major cause of pain and disability. The cost to our economy is estimated at more than $23.9 billion each year in medical care and indirect costs such as loss of earnings and lost production; not to mention the negative effects on people’s quality of life. Helping arthritis sufferers to help themselves will alleviate some of these costs and will diminish the number of patients relying on powerful drugs.
The Catch for Arthritis Sufferers
Pain tends to stop sufferers from doing the one thing they really need to do to improve their health — keep moving. Movement stimulates the production of synovial fluid, a natural lubricant, in the joints. The more a sufferer moves their body, the less pain they’re likely to experience. However, many sufferers are caught in a vicious cycle of pain and inactivity, especially if they suffer from painful feet. Sufferers then rely on medication to manage their pain, and this results in massive health costs and unfortunate side-effects that can be physically debilitating.
Fortunately for sufferers, there’s a highly effective, natural treatment option for arthritic feet and legs, which works with the body to gently get the mobility back into immobilised, painful joints. At Alternative Foot Solutions, we specialise in this style of mobilisation that helps to stimulate the natural lubrication of the joints.
Specific mobilisation therapy helps to:
- gently stimulate joint oil production
- restore mobility in the joints of the feet and legs
- maximise the mobility of the patient
- relieve painful arthritis symptoms
Careful evaluation of joint health and joint degeneration via weight bearing X-rays (very few practitioners do this) is a crucial component of this therapy. Hands-on mobilisation therapy then helps to stimulate joint repair and joint oil production. This, combined with home exercise therapies that also help patients to help themselves, leads to less pain and that all-important factor to better health – freer movement!
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, the sooner this condition is treated, the better the results will be for you. We feel so strongly about this that we are offering a free joint assessment to the first 10 people to respond to this article. So, give us a call on 8966 9300 and let us see how we can help you.