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Complementary therapies to help with Arthritis

Complementary therapies to help with Arthritis

Arthritis is a common condition that literally means inflammation within the joint itself. Inflammation is part of your body's natural healing process. Normally it occurs as a defence against viruses and bacteria or as a reaction to injuries such as a sprain. However, in people with Arthritis the inflammation often occurs for no obvious reason. Referred to as an autoimmune condition, which means the immune system is attacking your joints and so instead of helping to repair the body, inflammation can cause damage to the affected joint and cause pain and stiffness.

As yet, there is no known cure for Arthritis but there are many ways in which the pain can be managed.

With World Arthritis Day coming up on the 12th October with the aim to raise awareness and help those living with arthritis, we thought it was timely to let you know about a few complementary pain relief therapies.

Acupuncture

Recommended by the the Arthritis Foundation and Arthritis Research UK, it works to relieve pain by diverting or changing the painful sensations that are sent to your brain from damaged tissues and by stimulating your body’s own pain-relieving hormones (endorphins and encephalins). Thus helping the pain cycle that can often stop you from enjoying your everyday life.  This pain relief may only last a short time when you begin treatment, but repeated treatment can bring long-term benefit, often for several months.

Nutritional therapy

Arthritis often goes hand in hand with digestive problems; unidentified food allergy/intolerance, poor liver detoxification, a pro-inflammatory diet (for example, one high in alcohol, meat and milk), lack of anti-inflammatory nutrients, herbs and foods, raised homocysteine and poor methylation, poor blood sugar balance, stress and overweight, as well as physical tension - e.g. joint strain or injury.  An interesting read is ‘Say No To Arthritis’ by Patrick Holdford who strongly believes that arthritis can often be prevented or its causes eliminated simply by eating the right foods and supplementing your diet.

Osteopathy

An Osteopath will assess your muscle strength and the range of movement in your joints, and advise on techniques and exercises so you can keep your joints working as well as possible. They assist using manual techniques which will improve your range of movement.

Exercise:

Exercise plays an important for people with arthritis. Keeping your joints supple will help to reduce your pain and help you to stay independent. Gentle options include yoga, Pilates and the Alexander Technique which are all excellent options which also help improve your posture and movement habits.

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