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World Arthritis Day is today, 12th October 2015 and aims to highlight the debilitating effects of this disease

World Arthritis Day is today, 12th October 2015 and aims to highlight the debilitating effects of this disease

Its World Arthritis Day today, 12th October and with this in mind we thought we would highlight how complementary therapies have been demonstrated to help manage the symptoms. Arthritis is such a wide spread disease in Western culture with 1 in 10 people being disabled by it that some believe it is an inevitable part of the aging process. The pain and suffering associated with Arthritis is so debilitating that all avenues of treatment are worth investigating.


Acupuncture has been shown to help Arthritis sufferers with pain management; Arthritis Research UK states ‘Acupuncture seems 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). This pain relief may only last a short time when you begin treatment, but repeated treatment (usually weekly for six or eight sessions) can bring long-term benefit, often for several months. If the pain returns, then more acupuncture may help for another few months.’


Further information about how Osteo-arthritis pain can be reduce using Acupuncture is available via the Arthritis Foundation which states that ‘certain forms of OA may respond better than others to acupuncture. Patients with OA of the knee and spine appear to have the most success,’ and that ‘slightly more than half of patients with moderate OA will experience some benefit’.


Additionally, Nutritional Therapy has been demonstrated to help with multiple inflammatory conditions, of which one is Arthritis. Some consultants have achieved improvements with more than 90% of their Rheumatoid Arthritis patients when working to resolve allergic reactions. Indeed in the same article Dr Robert Bingham Is unequivocal. “No person who is in good nutritional health develops rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis “he reports in the Journal of Applied Nutrition, and goes on to state that most arthritics show a history of poor diet. While this is a bold statement, it is hard to believe that improving your diet won’t help in all aspects of an individual’s well-being!

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