Inflammation in joints can be wear and tear or it can be an autoimmune or hereditary condition

Are you one of the 1.6 million Australian’s currently suffering with Osteoarthritis (OA)? Do you experience pain, stiffness, discomfort or dysfunction in joints such as your knees, hips, feet or hands?There are over 100 forms of arthritis. Each type of arthritis affects you and your joints in different ways. Some forms of arthritis can also involve other parts of the body such as the eyes.  The most common forms of arthritis are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
Arthritic pain affects quality of life

Many people affected by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) experience frustration and can be overwhelmed with the condition. Because RA is an auto-immune disease, many patients can feel confused as to how their body can repair, when it seems that their own body is working against them. This can lead to a feeling of futility, and ultimately apathy in having the condition treated, with many simply accepting that the condition and its effects are a part of life, something to be endured.

At Vibe Natural Health in Brisbane, we combine Western and Eastern medical traditions in our fully integrated clinic, providing holistic care. When we work with complicated cases, we often apply a co-care approach with our osteopath, chiropractor, naturopath and our network of medical doctors.

How PainWISE aims to reduce arthritic pain

  • Acupuncture and other manual therapies can stimulate the release of your body’s natural ‘pain-killers’ endorphins and other biochemicals to reduce arthritic pain by affecting your brain and spinal cords processing of pain
  • Naturopathic and nutritional care reduces inflammation – promoting the release of vascular and immune-modulatory factors
  • Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility – by increasing local microcirculation which aids the dispersal of swelling and bruising
  • Reducing the use of and dependence on pain medication
  • Aids the repair of osteoarthritic joints; restoring function.
  • Reduces dependency on pain-killers and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Studies show clinically significant effects of acupuncture for pain control in patients with peripheral joint Osteoarthritis
  • Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Osteopathic and Naturopathic care are a viable alternative to pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Research indicates that acupuncture is associated with improved joint function in patients with chronic Osteoarthritis.
  • Acupuncture is a cost-effective treatment for Osteoarthritis

In summary

  • Symptoms
    Symptoms include pain, swelling, reduced range of motion and stiffness.
  • Possible causes
    Inflammation in the joint. Can be autoimmune as in Rheumatoid Arthritis or wear-and-tear of the joint
  •  Modalities for support
    Acupuncture, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Remedial Massage, Naturopathy and Nutrition

Research

Y. D. Kwon, M. H. Pittler, E. Ernst. 2006 Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis A systematic review and meta-analysis, Rheumatology 2006;45:133, Advance Access publication 27 August 2006. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://rheumatology.oxfordjournals.org/content/45/11/1331.full.pdf+html >

White, A. Foster, N. Cummings, M. Barlas, P. 2006. The effectiveness of acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee – a systematic review. Acupuncture in Medicine 2006;24:40-48. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://aim.bmj.com/content/24/supplement/40.short >

Selfe, T & Taylor, A. 2008. Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis of the Knee – A Review of Randomized, Controlled Trials. Fam Community Health. 2008 Jul–Sep; 31(3): 247–254. Viewed online February 25th, 2016. < http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2810544/ >

Manheimer E, Cheng K, Linde K, Lao L, Yoo J, Wieland S, van der Windt DAWM, Berman BM, Bouter LM. 2010. Acupuncture for osteoarthritis. Cochrane Library Database. Viewed online February 25th, 2016. < http://www.cochrane.org/CD001977/MUSKEL_acupuncture-for-osteoarthritis >

Witt, C. Jena, S. Brinkhaus, B. Liecker, B. Wegscheider, K. Willich, S. 2006. Acupuncture in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip: A randomized, controlled trial with an additional nonrandomized arm. Arthritis & Rheumatism Volume 54 HYPERLINK “http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc”, HYPERLINK “http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc”  HYPERLINK “http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc”Issue 11 HYPERLINK “http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc”, HYPERLINK “http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.v54:11/issuetoc” pages 3485-3493, November 2006. Viewed online February 25th, 2016 < http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/art.22154/full >