Latest Updates on Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Causes of rheumatoid arthritis: Unfortunately this complaint is an autoimmune condition that affects women more than men. When your body is required to go into ‘fight mode’ to attack an infection e.g. bacteria or a virus, the immune system will produce something called an ‘antibody’. This is a normal response by the body and it is necessary in order to fight the infection.

 The immune system will unfortunately attack the layers of cells called membranes (synovium) that are surrounding the joints. The Synovium membrane make a fluid called synovial fluid, which is there to help the joints be moveable and loosened. The body will send the antibodies to the synovium, which in turn makes the joint hot and inflamed. The antibodies completely engulf around the joint.
Unfortunately the synovium covering the joint then gets swollen and sore resulting in chemicals being release causing the synovium to begin to become denser and then this begins to impact on the bones, tendons, cartilage and ligament of the affected joint.

The chemical that is released is called cytokines. The cytokines are a protein that are produced by cells and act as messengers between different cells in the body.

When they do this, the inflammationthat is connected to the rheumatoid arthritis not only affects the bones and joints but can also affect:

  • Eyes – causing dryness.
  • Chest – pain if the heart or lungs are affected (inflammation of the organ tissue).
  • Nerves – through compression due to swelling.
  • Blood vessels – thickening can lead to restriction of blood flow to the organs and tissues and can be life threatening
When someone is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis they can have a cheap massage in Lincolnshire to help with symptoms.  Regular use of massage therapy treatment is proven to help with the pain including self massage and attending a therapist. 

It can improve flexibility and the general range of movement of a person.  It is also known to promote and helpbetter sleep, so in turn relieving of sore muscles and general aches and pains.  The act of massage on the body sends signals to the brain to ease and alleviate pain and discomfort by releasing chemicals to reduce stress in the body.
Main signs and Symptoms of Arthritis can be:

  • Joint pain – usually throbbing and achy
  • Joint swelling and hot to the touch
  • Joint stiffness in the affected area especially in the morning after less activity
Some people may suffer with secondary signs and symptoms which can include:

  • Weight loss
  • Lack of energy
  • Sweating or fever
  • Poor appetite

Along with massage for relieve you can use hot and cold compresses on the localized joint to help with the swelling and pain.  Lots of people report that this really helps and is the easiest.  However this is only a very short term solution to the pain that you may have and a way to get quick relief.  

Of course over the counter medicines that help with inflammation  can also help or if this is not sufficient consult with your GP for a prescription drug.  Perhaps using a mixture of treatments would be a good way to go! Do what suits you and helps to relieve your pains and aches.

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