ARTHRITIS AND YOU:
The big one here is are you getting the help you need, have you exhausted all avenues of help available?
If you have arthritis and would like some information on your type then please message me and I'll pop the information together for you. I studied Arthritis a couple of years ago when I noticed more clients struggling and realised that it was becoming more and more common I wanted to be able to be in the know about it in order to help people more effectively.
What types are there?
There are more than 100 different forms of arthritis and related diseases. The most common types include osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis (PsA), fibromyalgia and gout. All of them cause pain in different ways.
What causes it?
What causes pain? Arthritis pain can be caused by: • inflammation, the process that causes heat and swelling in your joints • damage to the joints • muscle tension, from trying to protect joints from painful movements. For some conditions, such as fibromyalgia, the cause of the pain is not fully understood.
What can I do to manage my pain? Pain may limit some of the things you do, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Your mind plays an important role in how you feel pain. Thinking of pain as a signal to take positive action rather than being scared or worried about it can be helpful. Also you can learn ways to manage your pain. What works for one person may not work for another, so you may have to try different techniques until you find what works best for you. Here are some things you can try:
Take medicines wisely, your GP and or a Rheumatologist are the best people to inform you of what and what not to take.
Research has shown that regular appropriate exercise can help reduce pain. It also keeps your joints moving, strengthens muscles to support your joints, reduces stress and improves sleep.
❄🔥Use heat and cold.❄🔥
The benefits of heat and cold for arthritis are yet to be proven by research. However these treatments are soothing and safe when used carefully. Heat relaxes your muscles and stimulates blood circulation. You could try a warm bath, or place a heat pack or hot water bottle over the painful area for 15 minutes. Cold numbs the painful area and reduces swelling. Applying cold treatments, such as ice packs, to the painful area for 15 minutes may be especially useful for hot, swollen joints, such as during a ‘flare’. You can repeat heat or cold treatments throughout the day. Make sure the temperature of your skin has returned to normal before re-applying, to prevent any tissue damage. Ask your doctor whether heat or cold is best for you.
✔Take care of your joints and save energy.
Looking after your joints during your daily activities can help reduce pain, stress and tiredness. It involves simple habits such as: - avoiding activities that cause pain - asking for help when you need it - using special aids and gadgets to make tasks easier.
These other techniques can help also.
Massage, Acupuncture, TENS machines, Mind techniques, Relaxation, Mindfulness Stress reduction
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