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5 Ways You Can Beat Arthritis

March 6, 2016 By Steve H. CMT

When you start to feel uncomfortable pain in your knee, elbow, wrist or hip you may be in the early stages of some form of arthritis. The good news is that you can beat arthritis, the bad news is that so many of us don’t understand arthritis that we rely on the wrong treatments. Without proper treatment your pain, discomfort and inflammation will only worsen.

What can you do about it?

Educate Yourself

Well first you can educate yourself. The more you know about the many types of arthritis—and there are many, more than 100—the more seriously you’ll take getting a proper diagnosis and committing to a treatment plan. The first thing you need to know is that the symptoms you feel could be the common osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis or many other types that can be degenerative due to regular wear and tear or a disease.

Millions of Americans are impacted by different types of arthritis and those who alleviate or reverse their symptoms have found a treatment plan to beat arthritis.
But first you need to know if you have arthritis or if you are at risk for it.

Signs & Risks of Arthritis

If you were hoping that you could pinpoint behaviors or illnesses that can cause arthritis, I’m sorry to report that we don’t know what exactly causes arthritis...yet. The symptoms that will inevitably lead you to seek out medical help—stiffness, joint pain and swelling, fatigue and poor range of motion—are what will be used to diagnose your particular type of arthritis.

What we do know is that there are certain risks that increase the likelihood of developing arthritis, they include;

  • Age - You are more likely to develop arthritis as you age.
  • Genetics - We don’t know much about how large a role genetics plays in determining who develops arthritis, but we do it contributes to it.
  • Weight - Being overweight puts a lot of unnecessary pressure on your joints, enhancing the wear and tear compared to that of someone within the average weight range.
  • Athleticism - Physical activities that are hard on the body can contribute to the weakening of joints and lead to arthritis.
  • Old Injuries - If you have experienced a major injury particularly in the elbow, knee or wrist, you are more likely to develop arthritis.
  • Illness - If you have suffered from an infection to your joints this can lead to some forms of arthritis.

Now you know which high risk categories you fall into, let’s talk about how you can beat arthritis!

Beat It Naturally

It is human instinct to reach for the bottle that will relieve our pain and swelling the fastest. Often that means over the counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen and naproxen. These drugs work fairly quickly to provide relief from your most painful and uncomfortable arthritis symptoms. The problem is that these drugs can cause major problems for you after long-term use.

Using these drugs too much for your arthritis symptoms can cause ulcers, bleeding and even peroration of the stomach lining. So what are your options?

Natural, of course!

Natural supplements are increasing in popularity as people are looking for ways to heal without making them sicker. You need natural supplements that fight inflammation and relieve pain and systemic enzymes are just what you need. They help with inflammation, boost the immune system and even get rid of scar tissue.

There are natural topical creams that provide pain relief and even foods that help alleviate or reverse your symptoms.

R&R

One thing that all bodies suffering from an infection or injury needs is rest. It is how the body heals itself so if you want to beat your arthritis you need to make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night. For most of us this will mean between 6 and 8 hours of sleep each night and take naps if you feel tired throughout the day.

If you’re not resting then you are not giving your body what it needs to heal. Furthermore stress can wreak havoc on a body that is already not at its best; it tightens muscles and increases blood pressure and heart rate. These things will only exacerbate your symptoms.

Show arthritis whose boss by meditating, practicing yoga and getting a sufficient amount of sleep each night. If you’re having trouble enjoying R&R on your own, try massage therapy or aromatherapy to relax your body and help you rest so you can heal.

Diet

Diet

A healthy diet can make all the difference when it comes to healing your body. Whether due to injury or illness, food can often be the best medicine. When it comes to many types of arthritis a diet filled with foods that fight inflammation and pain can help you feel like a new person.

But it isn’t just the fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices you add to your diet that can help fight arthritis, it is also the details. For example don’t overeat because we’ve already discussed the role weight plays in arthritis pain. Along those same lines you want to avoid junk food that includes fried foods, sugar, artificial flavors & colors, refined carbs, alcohol and caffeine.

If you really want to make sure you successfully beat arthritis, follow these diet guidelines;

  • Drink plenty of water. There’s no set amount but if you feel thirsty, drink water.
  • If you need meat, avoid red meat and choose cold water fish like salmon. They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Eat one salad a day; the raw fruits and vegetables will help flush out the buildup of acid which will leave your body bacteria-free.
  • When in doubt, choose fresh and seasonal produce and herbs.

Physical Activity

It is a common misconception that arthritis suffers should avoid exercise, but it is a misconception. Stretching should be at the top of everyone’s list of things to do each day, but especially those with stiff and aching joints. While you do need exercise you should try to avoid high impact activities like running and Zumba.

You need exercise that will get good, oxygen-rich blood flowing through your body, strengthen you bones and muscles and improve your flexibility.

Exercise in general makes you feel good inside and out, which can contribute to healing. If you’re in the market for some arthritis-friendly exercise consider walking; it’s easy, you can do it anywhere and it fits all the above criteria.

When walking becomes old hat, consider these more adventurous but equally effective exercises that will beat arthritis:

  • Water Activities - Water aerobics isn’t just for old people, but the reason old people favor water-based activities is because it allows you to exercise without putting undue stress on the joints and muscles. If water aerobics isn’t your thing, 30 to 45 minutes of swimming laps will be as effective, just not as fun!
  • Yoga - If you have limited flexibility or your arthritis has taken away your flexibility, consider taking a beginner yoga class. This will help you focus on your breathing, which you can use at night when you need to relax or de-stress. But contrary to popular belief yoga will also build your strength in your muscles, reduce inflammation and of course, increase your flexibility and balance.
  • Pilates - If you want something slightly more intense than yoga but that will also strengthen the muscles that support your joints, Pilates is the answer. With focused breathing you can improve strength and stabilize muscles to prevent further joint damage.
    Regular exercise will keep you strong, stable and flexible so don’t help arthritis out by skipping your workouts!

Run Hot & Cold On Arthritis

One of the most effective treatments for arthritis is heat and ice, applied alternately to aching joints and muscles. This small treatment, in fifteen minute increments, can go a long to help you improve mobility and reduce pain.

The key however is to figure out what combination of hot and cold works best for you. If your arthritis gives you more swollen joints and general inflammation you might find that you need more time with cold compresses than hot ones. You should never exceed the recommended 15 minute time limit. If you need more cold, take a 10 to 15 minute break and reapply the cold compress.

If you need to loosen up tight joints and muscles in order to increase the flow of blood then you need hot compresses. There are many hot options available from the simple warm shower or damp towel and heating pad. If you need more intense heat consider far infrared heat which offers a heat treatment that penetrates into the muscles.

Always exercise caution and never place hot or cold treatments directly to the skin.
The power to beat arthritis is within you, will you use it to fight pain, swelling and inflammation?

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References:

NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87).06/1998; 41(5):778-99. DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V
Source: PubMed

Hürlimann, David, Frank Enseleit, and Priv-Doz Dr Frank Ruschitzka. “Rheumatoide arthritis, inflammation und atherosklerose.” Herz 29.8 (2004): 760-768.

Schett, Georg. “Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation and bone loss.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 156.1-2 (2006): 34-41.

 

 

 

Arthritis Myths Debunked

March 6, 2016 By Steve H. CMT

When it comes to arthritis we don’t know nearly as much as we think we do. There is a lot of misinformation floating in the world about what arthritis is, what it does and who it affects. Without a proper understanding of arthritis we can’t begin to pursue a proper diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan that works. The first step towards that is distinguishing the facts about arthritis from the myths.

To help, I have come up with some of the most common arthritis myths that you likely believe to be true. As you read the actual facts, consider how your diagnosis or treatment may have been impacted by the myths.

Myth #1 “Only old people have arthritis”

Old People

This is one of those arthritis myths you can understand because some types of arthritis, like osteoarthritis, form due to the wear and tear of living. You can develop ‘wear & tear’ arthritis at any time, but if it were simply a byproduct of aging all of us would be suffering from it at some point.

Some things are part of aging; grey hair and retirement. Arthritis is not one of those things. But if you take care of yourself by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly, you can make sure the effects of your arthritis don’t become unmanageable.

While you can’t cure arthritis, you can reduce symptoms, stop their progression and in some cases reverse it altogether.

Myth #2 “All arthritis is the same”

This is one of my favorite myths because it is such an over-simplification of the phenomena known as arthritis. This simplified myth is part of the reason so many people suffer without treatment; they don’t understand that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis with their own separate causes. With that understanding will come a proper diagnosis and a treatment that can alleviate symptoms.

Some of the most common types of arthritis, for example, aren’t even the same. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative problem due to wear and tear on joints and bones, while rheumatoid and juvenile arthritis are autoimmune diseases. By making a trip to your physician for a proper diagnosis you will get the treatment that works. You may think you have “run of the mill” arthritis (osteoarthritis) when you actually have the disease.

When you know that all arthritis isn’t the same, you will be more diligent about figuring out the exact cause of your joint aches and pains.

Myth #3 “Exercise makes arthritis worse”

This arthritis myth goes back to the early days of arthritis treatment when patients were advised against exercise. In theory it makes sense: you have pain and inflammation because of the wear and tear on your joints, so why would you add more wear and tear by exercising? But in reality exercise can help reduce pain and inflammation common to many types of arthritis.

It’s true that there are some forms of arthritis where certain exercises can exacerbate your symptoms; you would do better to exercise than to avoid it.

The National Institutes of Health recommend low impact exercises like swimming and walking to reduce pain and strengthen the muscles around your joints.

Myth #4 “Arthritis can put you in a wheelchair”

This is one of those myths I like to call “worse case facts” because they are based solely on the worst thing we’ve ever witnessed as a result of arthritis.

For example your aunt Edith received an incorrect arthritis diagnosis, which means she wasn’t given the right treatment for what ails her. As a result of these factors combined with a poor diet, Aunt Edith ended up in a wheelchair and ultimately in an assisted living facility. So you believe that an arthritis diagnosis is equivalent to permanent disability.

The good news is that we know so much more about the many forms of arthritis that exist so you can receive a more accurate diagnosis and start a proper treatment plan. When that treatment is combined with a healthy diet and complementary treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture, you can relieve or reverse your symptoms.

Know your body and identify the symptoms of arthritis early on so you can avoid making this myth, a reality!

Myth #5 “Warm weather is better for arthritis”

This is a myth that has no scientific evidence to back it up, yet what we know about the human body makes it true...sort of. We often believe that cold weather can make arthritis symptoms worse because we know that colder weather constricts muscles and joints, which would be painful for already aching muscles and joints. Warm weather improves blood flow in the muscles, which relieves compression and reduces stiffness and muscle pain.

But if you suffer from an autoimmune form of arthritis you will want to take into account other symptoms that may be improved or worsened by shifting climates.

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References:

NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87).06/1998; 41(5):778-99. DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V
Source: PubMed

Hürlimann, David, Frank Enseleit, and Priv-Doz Dr Frank Ruschitzka. “Rheumatoide arthritis, inflammation und atherosklerose.” Herz 29.8 (2004): 760-768.

Schett, Georg. “Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation and bone loss.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 156.1-2 (2006): 34-41.

 

 

 

5 Worst Foods for Arthritis and Joint Pain

March 6, 2016 By Steve H. CMT

Including a Certain Kind of Vegetable (Vegetable!) That Could Make Your Arthritis Worse and Make You Feel
5-10 Years Older

Most people have no idea that eating the wrong foods can cause arthritis pain flare-ups.

Arthritis and Joint Pain

That’s why I’ve prepared this article to walk you through the 5 Worst Foods to eat if you suffer from arthritis.

In just a few minutes from now, you’ll know how to steer clear of the 5 biggest “food landmines” that can sabotage your health and make your arthritis pain worse.

What you’re about to discover will probably be quite surprising. But more importantly, it will show you how to take control of your arthritis instead of having it take control of you.

And that’s not all. In addition to walking you through the “5 Worst Foods,” we’re also going to cover other items you need to know like:

  • The unique “shift” your body makes during your mid-twenties that could be the culprit behind your arthritis pain. (Probably less than 1 in a 10,000 people know this.)
  • The secret discovered by a little known New York doctor that will give you a HUGE advantage in your fight against arthritis. He discovered the switch you can “flip” inside your body to help make it start acting like it did when you were 25!
  • The real reason that traditional “painkillers” don’t help your pain.
  • I’ll reveal the “trouble making” vegetable that can actually make your arthritis pain worse! If you’ve always thought that greens are good for you, you’ll definitely want to read this.
  • What special type of “super food” can actually counteract the damage of arthritis itself! (It’s amazing to understand how this works.)

So let's get started...

Click To See The 5 Worst Arthritis Foods > > >

 

References:

NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87).06/1998; 41(5):778-99. DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V
Source: PubMed

Hürlimann, David, Frank Enseleit, and Priv-Doz Dr Frank Ruschitzka. “Rheumatoide arthritis, inflammation und atherosklerose.” Herz 29.8 (2004): 760-768.

Schett, Georg. “Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation and bone loss.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 156.1-2 (2006): 34-41.

 

 

 

Worst Food #2 – Nightshade Vegetables

March 6, 2016 By Steve H. CMT

What’s a nightshade vegetable?

Nightshade Vegetables

Nightshade vegetables include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and tobacco, all of these products contain trace amounts of alkaloids that can be harmful in heavy concentrations. Eating nightshade plants actually worsens arthritis because of the way they affect calcium metabolism in the body. These alkaloids may lead to calcium deposits in tendons, ligaments, cartilage and joints contributing to inflammation and joint pain.

This effect can be worse for people who already have arthritis. Substances in nightshade plants can cause the worsening of an already existing inflammation.

How many people don’t know that who need to know that? The answer is many, many people.

In just a moment, I’m going to reveal the #1 Worst Arthritis Food, but first, I want to set your mind at ease.

I have some good news for you...

What You’ve Discovered So Far in This Article Does Not Mean You Can Never Eat These Foods Again

In fact, there is a way to still eat the food you love and NOT CAUSE an inflammatory response in your body.

It’s actually a natural way to “trick” your body back into working more like it did when you were 25... especially when it comes to minimizing pain.

Click To See Worst Food #1 > > >

 

References:

NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87).06/1998; 41(5):778-99. DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V
Source: PubMed

Hürlimann, David, Frank Enseleit, and Priv-Doz Dr Frank Ruschitzka. “Rheumatoide arthritis, inflammation und atherosklerose.” Herz 29.8 (2004): 760-768.

Schett, Georg. “Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation and bone loss.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 156.1-2 (2006): 34-41.

 

 

 

Early Warning Signs of Arthritis

March 5, 2016 By Steve H. CMT

Arthritis Early Warning Signs

Early Warnings

When we think of arthritis we often think of elderly people with disfigured fingers and sore joints that cause mobility problems. While that is certainly true, in fact it is the primary cause of disability among those over 55 years of age, children as young as 12 may suffer from some type of arthritis. Since several forms of arthritis are from wear and tear and degeneration, it makes sense that most sufferers are older.

But there are more than 100 different medical conditions that are classified as arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and juvenile arthritis. They run the gamut from joint degeneration to autoimmune diseases. Degenerative forms of arthritis occur due to injury, misuse or overuse of certain joints, while autoimmune forms attack the body’s tissue rather than the bacteria causing the illness. You’re probably wondering how on earth you could be aware of early warning signs of arthritis when there are so many variations. That’s a good question but you only need to look at the root of the word ‘arthritis’ to understand. Arthritis has its origins in the Greek language, where arthro means joint and itis means inflammation. So combined you can see that you will almost certainly experience some pain or discomfort in your joints.

Recognizing the Signs

The main reason arthritis seems like such an ongoing lifelong problem is because we fail to recognize the symptoms early. But according to the Arthritis Foundation, “you want to find out early so you can take steps to protect your joints from ongoing pain and permanent damage.”

But we all recognize the difficulty in missing the early warning signs of arthritis. For one thing arthritis starts in different ways for different people, and the speed with which it comes on can make it difficult to discern arthritis symptoms from injury or overuse. You might find some symptoms appear for a week or two and then disappear, only to come back months later.

Not all aches and pains in the joints mean arthritis, but there are some signs that will tell you your pain is more than run-of-the-mill muscle and joint tightness.

Early Warning Signs

Morning stiffness occurs within the first 30 to 60 minutes after you awake. You might find it difficult or impossible to move and it typically doesn’t go away or lessen with movements. Most often sufferers simply have to wait it out until the joints loosen on their own.

Decreased range of motion is a hallmark of arthritis, particularly when paired with pain or welling in the joints. The loss of range of motion won’t be permanent in the early stages, but if it lasts for more than a couple weeks it could be a sign that it is something more than working out too much.

Red, hot pain is another early warning sign of arthritis. Usually this starts as excruciating pain in a particular area. Upon closer examination you will notice the joint is red, swollen and hot to the touch. You may also find that this area is very tender when pressed.

Fatigue and flu-like symptoms will let you know right away that your pain and swelling is due to more than a sports injury. You might find that, in addition to joint pain and swelling, you are always tired and have lost your appetite. Some patients experience a lasting low grade fever as well as weight loss. Aching joints and flu-like symptoms are early warning signs that you may have rheumatoid arthritis.

Grinding joints feel exactly as they sound, as though your joints or bones are rubbing against one another. This sensation is a good indicator that you have more than a basic injury. Sometimes this grinding sensation accompanies cracking or clicking sounds when you move. These two early warning signs may occur together, but you shouldn’t be surprised if you experience them together.

Joint pain that occurs after using certain joints for longer periods than your body is used to. You might find that putting together furniture, which puts you in odd positions such as squatting or gripping for extended periods of time, is followed by pain or stiffness. The key here is that the pain doesn’t come on immediately, but rather hours later or sometimes the next day.

Can You Reverse Your Arthritis?

Now that you understand the early warning signs of arthritis you’re probably wondering, like many of my clients do, if there’s anything you can do to reverse these symptoms. The answer is simply “yes,” you can receive an arthritis diagnosis and go on to live a normal, pain-free life. While we do not know the exact cause of many types of arthritis, we do know that it doesn’t have to be a permanent affliction.

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References:

NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, USA. Arthritis & Rheumatology (Impact Factor: 7.87).06/1998; 41(5):778-99. DOI: 10.1002/1529-0131(199805)41:5<778::AID-ART4>3.0.CO;2-V
Source: PubMed

Hürlimann, David, Frank Enseleit, and Priv-Doz Dr Frank Ruschitzka. “Rheumatoide arthritis, inflammation und atherosklerose.” Herz 29.8 (2004): 760-768.

Schett, Georg. “Rheumatoid arthritis: inflammation and bone loss.” Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift 156.1-2 (2006): 34-41.

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