Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Pain Management
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an auto-immune disease in which the immune system attacks the tissue around the joint spaces, especially the smaller joints of the fingers, wrists, elbows, ankles and knees.
What are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis?
The main symptoms of RA are joint pain (especially in the knees, shoulders, elbows, ankles, wrists, fingers and toes), joint swelling and/or stiffness, lack of range of motion in the joints, weakness in the joints, and fatigue. For unknown reasons, rheumatoid arthritis affects more women than men. It is common for people affected with rheumatoid arthritis to also have some level of gut dysfunction.
Holistic Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
A conventional treatment approach to rheumatoid arthritis uses drugs that suppress the immune system and anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate the inflammation, pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. A holistic treatment approach to any auto-immune condition seeks to understand the underlying factors and determines if: there is a microbial imbalance in the gut or anywhere in the body, digestive function is sound, a properly prepared whole foods diet is being consumed, obvious food triggers and other burdens are at play, and concentrated food nutrients are needed to support body’s healing process. The ability to maximize the body’s nutrient absorption and strengthen gut function is critical in supporting rheumatoid arthritis. I address this aspect using the principles of nutrition therapy, which starts with a properly prepared whole foods diet and uses a variety of evaluative and functional tools to support the digestive system and immune system functioning. Since rheumatoid arthritis involves systemic pain as well as immune dysregulation, effective structural treatment requires sensitivity to and the ability to support proper functioning of the nervous system, as well as the ability to effectively manage pain. To do this, I apply Chinese medicine channel theory to support a positive energetic shift in the client’s nervous system combined with a therapeutic massage treatment approach (tui na) derived from Chinese medicine. I also frequently use specialized tools like cupping and moxibustion to achieve an immediate reduction in the pain.
For more information on specific nutritional pain management recommendations for rheumatoid arthritis, please download a free copy of my ebook: Nutritional Strategies to Manage IBS and Chronic Pain – Condensed Version.