Rebecca Smith A.S.K C.M.H. C.Hyp P.N.L.P
Systematic Kinesiologist, Hypnotherapist, Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming
7, Barclays Bank Chambers, High Street, Newport, Shropshire. TF10 7AU
Phone: 01952 813348 Mobile: 07976 819938 Web: www.newportcomplementaryhealthclinic.co.uk
A Brief Look At Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition which affects joints of the body. Osteo-arthritis most commonly affects the over 50’s, while the joint and inflammation pain of rheumatoid-arthritis can occur much earlier in life.
Osteo-arthritis can occur gradually, marked by mild joint stiffness and pain, especially in the morning and following rest. Most affected are joints subjected to much wear and tear i.e. knees and hips. As we age, our capacity to heal connective tissue is impaired, resulting in permanent damage.
Rheumatoid-arthritis is an auto-immune disease (the immune system attacks the body), that results in chronic inflammation, often affecting many areas, hands, wrists, feet, ankles, knees, hips. Fatigue, stiffness, red, hot and swollen joints are accompanying symptoms. There can be many inflammation triggers, incl. stress, nutritional deficiencies, infection, genetics and many people with this condition have problems in the large intestine.
Complementary/ Holistic Approach
Most important is to “switch off” the inflammatory response. Eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables, low in salt, refined sugar and alcohol could be beneficial. People sometimes avoid eating the deadly nightshade food group (potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, tobacco) as research suggests they can encourage inflammation. I often recommend eating oily fish and moderate amounts of meat.
Second of importance is to encourage healthy connective tissue.
New legislation prevents me from giving examples of nutritional supplements commonly used for these types of problems, but in the clinic, Kinesiology tests would reveal the nutrients necerssary to lend support to the imbalances found.
Other Factors to Consider
Organic Arnica gel, in studies by the Vogel institute, works as a “powerful, quick acting, safe anti-inflammatory – a natural pain relief gel, proven to be as effective as ibuprofen gel” and is approved by the UK Department of Health.
Engage in moderate, low impact exercise such as walking or swimming, to improve overall joint condition. And bathing in sea salt or Epsom salts may reduce swelling.
Having remedial massage treatment could help to relieve inflammation and encourage joint mobility.
N.B It is really important to look holistically at conditions such as arthritis. Improving diet, taking supplements, exercise and soft tissue therapy all complement one another to address the root cause of the problem. Myself and Michael Lloyd at Newport Complementary Health Clinic often work together with clients to achieve this. Treating the symptom, only offers short term relief.
The information contained in this article is intended for information purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a medical practitioner, nor is it intended to offer the reader advice on the condition or symptoms mentioned. Always seek the advice of a medical practitioner before embarking on any new health regime.
Rebecca Smith Systematic Kinesiologist and Hypnotherapist.
Newport Complementary Health Clinic.