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Taking a Stiff Upper Lip with Arthritis

3.85 million Australians suffer almost constant pain from arthritis, according to the Arthritis Australia[1]. Osteopathy Australia (formerly Australian Osteopathic Association) is holding its annual Osteopathy Awareness Week April 13-19 2014. This is the perfect opportunity for Australians living with arthritis to visit an osteopath and discover they can assist their condition and increase mobility when living with arthritis.

Osteopathy is a form of drug-free, manual healthcare that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

“Osteopathy takes a unique approach to healthcare and looks at the entire body as a working unit. Osteopaths don’t only concentrate on the problem area, but use manual techniques to assist all system of the body,” explained Antony Nicholas, CEO of Osteopathy Australia.

Osteopathic treatments can help those living with arthritis to maintain mobility and flexibility while carrying out simple activities, such as lifting, reaching and bending over. Treatments may include gentle soft tissue techniques to increase blood flow to the joints as well as posture and structure alignment of joints to minimise wear and tear.

“Osteopathic treatment for arthritis doesn’t aim to replace medication or treatments prescribed by a GP,” said Nicholas. “Osteopaths work in conjunction with GPs to ease the effects of arthritis on the body and maintain mobility.”

Osteopathy is safe for all age groups and osteopaths treat not only the specific problem but also provide lifestyle advice on diet, exercise, stress reduction, posture and breathing. Osteopaths encourage individuals to proactively prevent injuries and ailments, which in the long term leads to better overall health and less time and money spent on treatment.

Osteopaths can be seen directly without a referral or in addition to the care provided by a GP. It is acknowledged by all major health funds as well as DVA, WorkCover, Medicare and attracts a rebate with a GP referral for chronic pain and conditions.

There are over 1750 osteopaths practicing in Australia. You can find your local osteopath by visiting or calling Osteopathy Australia on 1 800 467 836


Australia, A. (n.d.). Arthritis Australia. Retrieved from

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