Osteoarthritis is the wear and tear and inflammation of joints, especially weight-bearing joints. Arthritis is generally viewed as normal degradation due to aging, overuse, and misuse of the body.
The question we ask is "does this degradation need to occur, and if it already has, what can be done to reverse it?" The answer is usually "no, it does not need to occur and, if it already has, often there is hope that you can make it better."
Through Clinical Somatic Education clients learn healthier full-body movement patterns and proper synergistic movement of the muscles around and related to the affected joint. Mobility is increased and stress is reduced on the joint, likely allowing for improved circulation and tissue repair. This process can prevent arthritis from occuring, as well as relieve the pressure and misuse that is taking place in an affected joint, thereby allowing for reduction in inflamation and potential regrowth of cartilage and healing of the joint.