Alternative Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of arthritis characterised with chronic inflammation. It is also regarded as a type of autoimmune disease because of the malfunction of immune cells that attack the body.

Rheumatoid arthritis is common in women, with approximately 75% of rheumatoid arthritis patients being female.

This certain condition often starts in middle age. Still, children and young adults can also develop rheumatoid arthritis. There is also no discrimination as all people of different races and ethnic backgrounds are all susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis.

The exact cause of this condition is still unknown. Still, medical researchers and professionals are gaining a better understanding of how the immune system and genetic factors affect inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

It is important to be more aware of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis to be able to:

  1. Consult a doctor
  2. Get a diagnosis
  3. Create a treatment plan

Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t normally just make it presence felt at once. The process is gradual. Still, it is possible for some people to experience a sudden onset of symptoms. One morning you’re perfectly fine and the next you’re dealing with inflammation and pain.

Here are the common signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Joint pain, swelling and stiffness
  • Morning stiffness that lasts for hours
  • Symmetrical pattern of pain or feeling pain in both sides of the body (for instance, both knees)
  • Small joins of hands and feet are also involved
  • Firm lumps under the skin which can be found on hands and elbows
  • Fatigue
  • Noticeable loss of energy
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Loss of appetite and loss of weight
  • Anaemia associated with chronic diseases
  • Depression
  • Dry mouth and dry eyes
  • Joint deformity caused by cartilage, tendon, ligament or bone damage
  • Limited range of motion
  • Flares and remission of disease activity
  • Affected organs

Additional information:

There are no 2 rheumatoid arthritis patients who experience exactly the same symptoms. There is often a wide variety of symptoms that some researchers believe that rheumatoid arthritis is not just one condition but several conditions with many common symptoms.

Tips for People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Never neglect the pain you experience
  • Don’t self-diagnose or assume that you might have just injured yourself
  • Consult a rheumatoid arthritis specialist
  • Be open with all of the symptoms that you experience and tell your doctor if they have improved or worsened

Alternative Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Massage therapy is a great alternative treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. This is because it helps reduce inflammation, bring ease to painful joints and muscles and helps give you a more relaxed feel.

This happens because massage therapy improves blood circulation which helps bring back the balance throughout the body. It also releases neurotransmitters which help reduce the feeling of pain.

To get maximum benefits, it is best to add massage therapy to your overall treatment plan for rheumatoid arthritis. Book an appointment with us today by calling 020 7935 1552.