Arthritis... In this article we may look at a condition that is very common and for some, little understood.  I will try to offer some advice and explain in general terms how to deal with managing the condition.

There are several different types of arthritis, of which the most well known are Osteo where the bones and articulation of the joints is affected and Rheumatoid, where this is an immune system problem.

Osteo may be wear and tear brought on over many years of overuse or damage to the joints.  Car accidents resulting in whiplash may cause a condition that might take years to onset following the incident.  It is important to have a general check over withing a few weeks to reset any joints or torn tissue. I use gentle methods of doing so without any osteopathy or chiropractic techniques.

Once treatment is commenced here, you should not have any other manipulation as that would be incompatible and interfere with the progress of recovery.

Falling injuries may be the start or simply, lifting too many heavy weights, working outside in all weathers doing strenuous work or not being able to relax.

That may come as a surprise to some but it is true.  If the articulating surface is constantly held in tension, then the joint is pulled together, cannot open to lubricate the surfaces and any movement is causing a 'grinding' effect on the surfaces.

In rheumatoid, the condition may arise following illness and the tissue surrounding the joints becomes inflamed resulting in deformity, loss of movement and extreme pain all the time.  The onset cause is not always obvious and we may find both conditions arising together.

Tai Chi, meditation and general relaxation will help but in practice, a full body check over with lymphatic drainage of all tissue, graduated in intensity over several treatment sessions is the best way to start.

The other common condition is Psoriatic Arthritis which may affect the entire body with pustulations, nerve pain and general debility.  This is a difficult condition to treat effectively as there is often extreme trauma involved.  Where this is the case, during the course of treatment methods are used to calm the central nervous system, to try to get to the root of the problem and deal with the trauma.

There are many other types of arthritis and often there is confusion in the diagnosis where there is a rheumatic factor such as influenza.  In all cases, we find that removal of toxicity from the body is very useful.  We may use acupuncture as an adjunct to the main therapy and your doctor may advise on the use of anti-inflammatory drugs where appropriate.

If you or someone you know is in pain, then give us a ring and book in for a session.  We have many years of experience in this and thousands of cases seen with great success in the majority.  Not to cure but alleviate and manage the individual case.