Although there are many types of arthritis, they are generally in two categories, osteoarthritis (wear and tear) or inflammatory arthritis.
The most common form is osteoarthritis which occurs when there is damage to the bone and cartilage; in severe cases it can make everyday mobility a real challenge. There are a number of contributory factors including muscle inhibition , poor nutrition, malabsorption, injury, repetitive work or exercise, general wear and tear, post-menopause or any combination.
A GP will usually prescribe non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) which have the nasty side effect of gastric irritation.
Effective treatments are those that look to establish exactly what is triggering the inflammation or degeneration. It could be liver toxicity, dietary issues, acidity within the joints or the entire lot! Certain foods may set off a cascade of chemical reactions which fuel the inflammation, potentially leading to arthritis.
Anyone suffering from joint pain, stiffness or arthritis will benefit from a personalised programme, but my general tips below should really help with the symptoms.
The main focus of any treatment I do is deep relaxation. No matter what part of the body I am working on I endeavour to make my client feel like their whole body and mind has been treated.
I have a wealth of experience in nursing and health visiting which enables me to work with women of all ages, including those experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety, mild depression, chronic illness and those seeking to maintain general wellbeing. My approach to each client is completely unique and supports the body’s natural self-healing processes.
Alyson Carter is a Nutritional Therapist having graduated from the College of Naturopathic Medicine in London. She is registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CHNC) and the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT).
I have been a practising kinesiologist and massage therapist for over nine years. I work with my clients to improve their health and wellbeing, drawing on my experience to find the right solutions for them.
Fascinated by muscle testing and the connections between nerves and muscles, Simon set about learning all he could about Applied Kinesiology and eventually became a diplomate of the ICAK in 1996. He has gone on to teach hundreds of practitioners the principles of Proprioceptive Medicine and Afferent Input.
I have been passionate about developing skills and understanding of the world of healing for the past 30 years. After completing a BSc in Sciences and a PhD in Biophysics I completed a five-year course in osteopathy, naturopathy and cranial therapy and then trained as a healer. I have been in practice for over 20 years in a university teaching clinic, private practice and the National Health Service.
Melanie Elliman holds a BSc (Hons) degree in acupuncture and trained at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, where two disciplines are blended. These styles are known as TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Five Element Acupuncture.
Hazel has a special interest in Women’s Health and as an Affiliate of the Zita West Fertility Network continues with regular training and essential updates.
Hazel practices both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture and 5 Element Acupuncture, offering a truly holistic and balancing approach to treatment.