Arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis.  However more people have osteoarthritis than any other form of arthritis. It’s the “wear and tear” that happens when your joints are overused. It usually happens with age, but it can also come from joint injuries or obesity, which puts extra stress on your joints.

Joints that bear weight — like your knees, hips, feet, and spine — are the most common places it affects. It often comes on gradually over months or years. It makes the affected joint hurt. But you don’t feel sick or have the fatigue that comes with some other types of arthritis such as rheumatoid, psoriatic,  or gout.

Despite osteoarthritis traditionally having been classified as a non-inflammatory arthritis, it is now becoming increasingly recognized that low grade inflammation of the entire body is, in fact, also underlying osteoarthritis. This prolonged low grade inflammation of the joint’s connective tissue can destroy the cartilage and lead to the formation of bony spurs or cysts in the joints which destroys mobility and creates symptoms including joint pain, bony lumps & discomfort.

Natural Remedies for Arthritis

Weight management

Being overweight can put strain on your joints and cause pain. Shedding some pounds helps relieve this pressure and reduces pain. A moderate weight can also lower your risk of other health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Adequate sleep

Resting your muscles can lower swelling and inflammation. Be kind to yourself and don’t overdo it. Getting enough sleep at night can also help you manage pain more effectively.

Nutrition

Remove inflammatory foods such as wheat, trans-fats, synthetic foods and excessive sugars from your diet. Replace with a whole-food diet filled with leafy greens, colorful vegetables, nuts, seeds, quality protein and nourishing fats. 

A great way to help your body get rid of inflammation is a modified ketogenic diet with intermittent fasting. Not only has it been shown to reduce overall mortality, boost anti-aging, and help weight loss, it also greatly reduces inflammation and increases self-healing. 

Exercise

Physical activity strengthens the muscles around your joints and may help relieve stiffness. Aim for at least 20 to 30 minutes of physical movement, at least every other day. Choose gentle, low impact activities, such as walking or swimming. Yoga can also improve joint flexibility and help with pain management.

The bottom line on treatment

These practices can help take the edge off of your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Talk to a functional medicine practitioner at Peak Total Wellness to come up with a customized treatment plan designed specifically for you.

The Functional Medicine Approach

Although it is difficult to reverse the damage done to the joints once it has deteriorated to the point that bone spurs have started forming, prevention and reduction of symptoms is possible.

With functional medicine, we look at the underlying causes and aim to correct these. In the case of osteoarthritis, our main goals are to find the source for, and treat the chronic low grade inflammation, nutrient deficiencies that prevent the joint from healing itself, and balancing joint overuse and maltracking with manual and physical therapy tools.

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