Forget dangerous medications.
Forget diet changes and exercises.
A new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows you the one effortless, pleasant thing you need to do in order to feel your stiffness and pain melt away in 60 minutes.
The researchers recruited 222 adults with knee osteoarthritis. 200 of them stuck around to be assessed after eight weeks, and 175 hung around for the full duration of the study of 52 weeks.
They split their participants into three groups:
– one that received a weekly 60-minute Swedish massage,
– one that received a weekly 60-minute session of light touching,
– one that received no extra treatment.
This continued for eight weeks and then they were re-divided into two groups:
– one that received the 60-minute massage every two weeks,
– one that received a 60-minute light touching session every two weeks.
Participants were assessed every eight weeks and at the end of the study using the most common measurement of arthritis, which is called the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Arthritis Index (WOMAC).
The WOMAC measures pain, stiffness, and joint function, such as walking and climbing of stairs.
They also gave them a pain questionnaire, the PROMIS Pain Interference scale, a knee range of motion test, and a timed 50-ft walk.
After eight weeks, they found that there was significant improvement in all the measurements in the massage group, while the other two groups did not improve.
By the end of 52 weeks, the massage group maintained the improvements they experienced at eight weeks, but there was no further benefit that to be found beyond that.
As such, massages will definitely help improve arthritis but it needs to be continually administered every week or every other week to be beneficial.
The traditional medical system will tell you there is no cure for arthritis. But that doesn’t stop them from pushing pain relievers and steroid drugs onto you.
However, one specific type of spice has been found in repeated studies to be as, or more effective, than the leading drugs for arthritis – without any of the known side effects.
Turmeric, a bright golden-yellow spice that forms the basis of many curry blends, may be as healthy as it is tasty.
Curcumin, one of turmeric’s main compounds and the one that lends the spice its color, also provides many of the spice’s beneficial properties.
Curcumin has been found to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
In addition to curcumin, turmeric contains other compounds of interest. Turmeric and its active compounds have been widely studied as a potential treatment and for application as a preventive agent for a wide range of diseases and health conditions, including some forms of arthritis.
Long used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory conditions of all kinds, science has attributed some of turmeric’s anecdotal benefits to the ability of curcumin to inhibit proliferation of inflammatory cells and its ability keep them from invading other tissues.
Curcumin also inhibits pro-inflammatory signalling molecules. According to one particular study, curcumin might be more effective than low doses of steroid drug prednisone in controlling inflammation in its early stages.
In the animal-tested laboratory experiment, curcumin surpassed prednisone in the first 6 hours after a flare-up.
A clinical trial of patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) found turmeric to as effective as ibuprofen. Turmeric markedly decreased pain and stiffness, with 96% of participants reporting satisfaction with the herbal treatment.
Additionally, the turmeric group reported significantly fewer episodes of abdominal discomfort when compared to the ibuprofen group.
Because curcumin is poorly absorbed in the intestinal tract, large doses are required in order to achieve therapeutic effects. To mitigate this problem, efforts have been made to devise methods for making curcumin more absorbable.
In one such experiment, Nano emulsions – tiny particles of curcumin suspended in an oil base – were administered to laboratory animals. Researchers found that absorption of the nanoparticles was three times greater when compared to that of non-emulsified curcumin.
In another arm of the same experiment, researchers injected curcumin directly into RA-affected joints and found the herbal compound to be on par with methotrexate, a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of RA. However, unlike the herb, the drug is fraught with a host of potentially dangerous adverse effects and hazardous drug interactions.
Curcumin may thus offer a safe, natural alternative to Cox-2 inhibiting drugs, many of which were removed from the market years ago due to their often-severe side effects.
In one clinical trial, patients with osteoarthritis were given 30 mg doses of curcumin 3 times per day or 25 mg of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac in three daily doses. Results showed the two therapies were similarly effective, with curcumin being marginally better.
Water-soluble, polysaccharide compounds in turmeric were found to be effective for both acute and chronic stages of inflammation in the laboratory experiments. One study found the compounds to be comparable to those of curcumin, while another found potent inhibitory effects against inflammation signalling molecules.
A turmeric essential oil called elemene might help in the management of ankylosing spondylitis, a form of degenerating arthritis in which the spinal, and other joints, progressively fuse, according to one study.
In the study, ankylosing spondylitis patients, who were undergoing hip replacement surgery, donated their affected hips for the experiment.
Scientists treated the affected joint tissues with elemene and found evidence of decreased ankylosing spondylitis-affected cells after 48 hours.
Scientists from Keele University, Newcastle University, and Massachusetts General Hospital have just written an article that proposes that sleep apnea may cause gout.
It can also involve the risk of kidney stones and reduced kidney function.
The authors of the new study, which was published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, already stated the known fact that sleep apnea had the tendency to cause inflammation and gout in the short term, but they wanted to know whether it leads to occurrences over the long term as well.
They identified 15,879 people with sleep apnea and 63,296 people that didn’t suffer from I, from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink database.
Sleep apnea sufferers that were diagnosed with sleep apnea between 1990 and 2010 were followed for an average of 5.8 years after diagnosis to check whether they developed gout as well.
They concluded that 4.9% of sleep apnea sufferers and 2.6% of non-sufferers developed gout.
This means that sleep apnea patients were 42% more likely to develop gout than good sleepers.
From previous studies, the authors speculated that the strongest mechanism behind this phenomenon was in the over- production of uric acid, which was caused by oxygen deficiency.
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This post is from the Arthritis Strategy Program. It was created by Shelly Manning, a former arthritis sufferer and a health consultant.
A Brief Background on the Author
Like you, Shelly Manning also suffered from arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis. This was due to her weight and desk job. Her condition eventually took a toll on her relationship with her (former) husband.
It was when she went to Hong Kong that she met Janerdquo, an old woman who owned the restaurant where she ate. Janerdquo supposedly offered her a bowl of a weird-smelling soup, which helped ease her joint pain. She ate there each day for 10 days until she was completely healed from arthritis.
Shelly Manning decided to research this natural remedy and to create a step-by-step treatment plan to others who are suffering from different types of arthritis, such as gout, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and psoriatic arthritis.
That’s why she created “The Arthritis Step By Step Strategy.” According to her claims, this unique strategy will get rid of joint pain and stiffness, repair your damaged joints, and treat the underlying cause of your arthritis.
Shelly teamed up with Christian Goodman, the owner of Blue Heron Health News, a publishing company that aims to help people to take responsibility for their own health by using natural health alternatives to treat joint pain naturally.
To find out more about this program, go to Treat Joint Pain Naturally at Home
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