There’s no getting away from the fact that life with arthritis can be difficult. However by making a few simple adjustments it is possible to take control, and lead a full and active life.
Types of arthritis
The two most common types are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Typically these have similarities and differences. Most importantly many believe this is genetic, however many forms are not due to family heritage. Therefore its incredibly important to identify the type so the best management can be applied.
Symptoms of arthritis
The symptoms you experience will vary depending on the type you have. This is why it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis if you have:
joint pain, tenderness and stiffness
inflammation in and around the joints
restricted movement of the joints
warm, red skin over the affected joint
weakness and muscle wasting
Many people find complementary and alternative therapies helpful. Firstly they do not cure arthritis, but they may help to ease symptoms. Complementary therapies are often used alongside conventional treatment.
There are dozens of complementary and alternative therapies. For example our physiotherapists and chiropractors may use a variety of different manual techniques, including:
spinal adjustments and stretching
technologies such as ultrasound, laser or interferential treatment
exercise programmes to strengthen muscles and improve general fitness.
Acupuncture is also used successfully to help ease the symptoms. Commonly very fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. It’s thought to work by diverting or changing painful sensations sent to the brain and by stimulating the body’s own pain-relieving hormones (endorphins and encephalins).
Some of the therapies most popular with people with arthritis are:
physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy, tai chi & yoga
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