A natural method to reduce arthritis pain, improve movement and quality of life can in many cases avoid joint replacement.
A quick test to see if you are suffering with osteoarthritis needlessly…
My biggest bug bear is when people suffer needlessly. I had pain and restriction in my knees with osteoarthritis for 7 years. When I stumbled on the solution it took me 3 months to resolve the pain and stiffness entirely! Nearly 20 years later I am still pain-free and have no physical restrictions.
Since then I have worked as a Physiotherapist specializing in osteoarthritis treatment. I frequently see people who have been suffering needlessly with osteoarthritis and similar problems. They are often resigned to the fact that there is nothing that can be done to help. In some cases they have been told they have to wait until the joint gets worse and then they can have it replaced. In many of these cases these people can eliminate their pain and resume their movement while avoiding joint replacement too!
So how do you know if you if this will work for you?
There are a many important indicators that I look at when assessing someone’s osteoarthritis but there is a stand out feature that many can relate to and there is a very quick, simple test to verify it.
Osteoarthritis sufferers often say that when they soak in a hot bath/hot pools or similar they usually feel their pain eases and their movement is freer. This is an interesting observation and gives me clues as to what may be contributing to their problems.
A Quick and easy home test
So the ‘quick test’ that I often ask people with Osteoarthritis symptoms to try, is to spend 15 minutes with hot water (normal bath temperature) applied to the joint and associated limbs. A spa pool/bath or similar is ideal as long as you can get in and out of it safely. If this activity is unsuitable then use the shower or something more accessible.
So if you find that the hot water is helpful to ease your stiffness and reduce your pain then it is a good sign for your joints. What it indicates, is that a significant amount of your problems (and sometimes all the problems) are likely to be from muscle imbalances. By addressing these imbalances it may well improve your situation considerably.
Although this is obviously not a conclusive diagnostic test it is a useful indicator to see if an osteoarthritis sufferer may benefit from my other treatment ideas.
Don’t be alarmed if you haven’t heard this before. This is not common knowledge and you probably won’t hear about this anywhere else. I have spent the last 20 years developing and refining this in my practice. It is unknown in mainstream medicine and healthcare which is very frustrating. But this frustration has been a motivating factor in completing the book that I have written on the subject.
So if this benefit from heat applies to you, then you may well be able to reduce your pain and improve your movement from some simple muscle care. The most critical message that I want to pass on, is that there could be a lot that you could do to help yourself. So please don’t resign yourself to the fact that there is nothing that you can do and then give up trying to help yourself. There is often much that can be done especially when you know exactly what will benefit you most.
About the Author:
Eugene Sims is a physiotherapist and naturopath whose journey with osteoarthritis began when the disease developed in his knees as a 17 year old. He had always been very fit and active so the change in his lifestyle was very difficult. The pain was so severe that running was agony. Squatting was too painful to get past half way. In order to find a solution Eugene began training as a physiotherapist at the age of 18. Finally Eugene discovered a way to eliminate the pain and joint restriction without having a knee replacement that he details in his new book Freedom from Arthritis. With over 20 years of clinical experience in treating arthritis he has now developed a natural, cost-effective system for sufferers so they can treat themselves. Learn more at www.freedomfromarthritis.com.
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