Do you wake up with stiff painful joints?
Does it take you a while to get moving?
Notice your hand strength is not what used to be?
This all could be first signs of arthritis, no matter your age. Arthritis affects young, old, men, and women.
Simply put arthritis is a joint disorder followed by inflammation.
It can be caused by wear and tear or injury in the case of osteoarthritis, due to gout (deposition of crystals of uric acid,) can be caused by overactive immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis. RA is an autoimmune condition, your immune system attacks the lining of your joints.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Joint pain, stiff joints
- Deformed joints
- Hard bumps of tissue (nodules) under the skin on your arms
- Reduced range of motion
- Difficulty sleeping
- Weight loss
- Eye inflammation, dry eyes, itchy eyes, eye discharge
- Dry mouth
If you answered yes to one or more of the questions then you may need to be proactive in your health and take action.
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, your doctor probably gave you few treatment suggestions: medications, exercises, dietary changes.
There’s no one plan fits all. Because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. Here are some of the suggestions we give to our clients:
- Heat: If you are waking up with stiff joints then try hot shower. Infrared sauna or infrared heating pad works even better.
- Movement: Exercise, it doesn’t have to be vigorous. Walk on a treadmill, in your neighborhood, do joint movements. 10-20 minutes will do the job. Try tai chi or chi kung, these are gentle movements with many health benefits.
- Phototherapy: The red light wavelengths are absorbed in superficial layers of the tissue where infrared light wavelengths are best for deep tissue injuries. Both lights help with inflammation, pain and tissue repair.
Light therapy is backed by extensive research covering a wide range of conditions including arthritis.
- Medical massage: It’s a well-known fact that people with arthritis will greatly benefit from medical massage. Massage will help with pain, relax the muscle surrounding the joints, increase range of motion, decrease pain.
Because arthritis is a condition of chronic inflammation, making changes to your diet will enhance not only your specific pain but your overall health.
Ever heard of nightshade foods?
Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers contain enzymes such as tomatine in tomatoes, solanine in potatoes that will cause inflammation & fluid retention throughout the body. Dr. Childers, a horticulturist spent 40 years researching nightshade foods and found out that symptoms which can be traced to these foods include: walking stiffness, muscle & joint pain, aching, etc.
Get detailed information about nightshades here: http://drjockers.com/are-nightshade-vegetables-dangerous/
Based on Korean constitutional medicine eating foods that are specific to your constitution will help you stay healthy and living disease free. The idea behind it is that we should be keeping our internal organs balanced to stay disease free. Eating foods that are specific to your constitution and most importantly NOT eating foods that are considered BAD for your constitution even if they are considered very healthy will enhance your overall health, help with pain, inflammation, etc.
Want to find out what is your body constitution? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you the questionnaire. Once we find out your specific constitution we’ll email you your GOOD and BAD food list.
Sometimes it’s just easier to take an anti-inflammatory medication, especially when you are in pain. Keep in mind that medications are OK to take short term but they do have side effects. You don’t want to add another symptom to your already existing condition.
PS: At our office we offer medical massage, phototherapy, give suggestions on recipes that don’t contain nightshade foods, supplement suggestions, etc.