ARTHRITIC PREVENTION & SELF CARE

To help with the prevention and relief of arthritis, prescribe a proactive plan for yourself. Take charge of your lifestyle and see where improvements can be made.

Acupuncture / Acupressure – Acupuncture or therapeutic ‘needle piercing” is the insertion of fine needles into the skin in order to stimulate targeted places in the body, referred to as acupoints. Along with the needles, the acupuncture practitioner also generally applies any of the following to stimulate the points; suction, friction, heat, pressure or electromagnetic energy impulses. The treatment goal is to stimulate the acupoints in order to balance the bodys movement of energy (qi) and restore health. Ask your healthcare provider for practitioner referrals or look in directories under holistic services.

Acupressure, also referred to as Relief with Fingertips, is similar to acupuncture, but uses the hands for healing technique instead of needles and other devices. Depending upon the afflicted area and type of arthritic condition, a combination of knuckles, fingers, thumbs and palm massage techniques are use in the surrounding areas. Note that traditional Chinese described four types of arthritic conditions that work alone or in combinations; wind, cold, heat and damp:

Wind Presents itself in the body with moving aches and pains that are worsened by the wind.

Cold Presents itself with swollen and painful joints sensitive to fog, rain and high humidity conditions.

Heat Presents itself in areas reddish in color and inflamed; may feel hot when touched.

Damp Presents itself with aches during colder, decreasing temperatures and storms, i.e. extreme weather changes.

Consult your healthcare provider for practitioner referrals or look in directories under holistic services for charts and more information.

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