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Arthritis: What Is It and How Can Synergy Help?

September 30th, 2019 by Synergy Admin

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. It can affect one or many joints. Arthritis mostly affects adults over 65, and more women than men, but it can impact anyone of any age, including children, teens and young adults. It also tends to be more common in people who are overweight.

massage-therapy-joint-pain-inflammationThere are more than 100 types of arthritis but most of us have heard of the two most common types: osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Osteoarthritis

We know that normal wear and tear causes OA (osteoarthritis), one of the most common forms of arthritis. An infection or injury to the joints can increase a natural breakdown of cartilage tissue. Your risk of developing OA may be higher if you have a family history of the disease.

Some of the common symptoms of OA are joint pain, stiffness, decrease in your range of motion, and redness of the skin around the joint. Many folks with arthritis have symptoms that feel worse in the morning.

Thankfully, Synergy can treat your OA with our Synergy Release Massage Therapy. Massage therapy is increasingly recognized as a legitimate, effective therapy for pain relief. The Massaging relaxes the muscles, tendons, and joints, and studies have shown it to affect long-standing pain issues. Massage therapy has been known to have a positive effect on conditions like neck pain, pain due to osteoarthritis of the knee, and lower-back pain. Massage also increases blood flow and lymph drainage to help flush inflammation out of the muscles and joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Contrarily, RA (rheumatoid arthritis) is an autoimmune disorder. That means that your body’s immune system attacks the tissues of the body. These attacks affect the synovium, a soft tissue in your joints that produces a fluid that nourishes the cartilage and lubricates the joints. RA can invade and destroy a joint, which can eventually lead to the destruction of both bone and cartilage inside the joint.

Symptoms for RA includes:

  • Loss of appetite.
  • Anemia.
  • Slight fever.
  • Joint deformity (if left untreated with severe RA).

Synergy uses Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat your RA. Synergy uses this modality to treat athletes and people with ADD, joint pain, headaches and more. We use a tube-shaped Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber that patients lie down in during each therapy session. Once the session starts, the patient will begin to safely breath in a higher concentration of oxygen. Since the air pressure in the chamber is also more concentrated than normal, their lungs will retain more oxygen. The bloodstream then caries the increased oxygen throughout your body to aid various conditions.

Lessening the Effects of Arthritis

While there is no known cure for arthritis, you can make lifestyle changes to manage the condition.

  • Lose weight and keep a healthy diet. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish and herbs to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid or cut back eating a lot of meat, fried foods, processed foods, and dairy products.
  • Get more exercise. Regular exercise will keep your joints flexible. Swimming is often a good form of exercise for people with arthritis because it doesn’t put pressure on your joints in the same way that running, and walking do.
  • Get plenty of rest.

At Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™, our focus is on identifying the cause of your pain and treating the cause directly. To treat each cause with the most successful method available, we offer a number of treatments and therapies under one roof. Call Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™ today for an appointment or visit us online. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily Synergy updates.