Enjoy this special condensed report from Dr. Mark Wiley, excerpted from his book Arthritis Reversed: 30 Days to Lasting Relief From Joint Pain and Arthritis.
For any wellness action plan to work there must be a clear understanding of the various aspects involved. The puzzle pieces must be identified before steps can be taken to piece them together. This all begins with clearing up the myths and setting forth the facts of the situation.
I wish to present you with some of the most common myths surrounding arthritis. Please take the time to read and consider each myth. For those myths you believe, try instead turning your mind toward understanding and then believing the facts.
Myth #1: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis (OA) are the Same
There are over 100 different types of arthritis; the three most common being osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and juvenile arthritis (JA). While RA and JA are diseases, osteoarthritis (OA) is not a disease at all. It is a symptom of joint degeneration. OA is the result of any combination of several external factors, including traumatic physical injury and excessive sports or physical activities over the course of decades. This causes wear-and-tear of the joints, the cartilage separating the joints, and the surrounding tissues.
Most people with arthritis have OA and only 1 percent have RA. So, you likely don’t actually have a disease, but have symptoms that are quite manageable with natural, non-invasive approaches!
Myth #2: Arthritis Is a Normal Part of Aging and Only Affects the Elderly
Since there are plenty of elderly afflicted with arthritic conditions, it is understandable how this myth has formed and taken hold. However, arthritis is NOT a normal part of the aging process.
OA is a result of joint wear and tear based on injury and/or overuse. It can come on at any time–or not at all. By keeping the immune system strong and stable, eating right, exercising right and taking care of bone and joint health, the onset and debilitating effects of arthritis need not be part of your aging process.
When you find you have the condition you can stop it and reduce or even reverse its symptoms!
Myth #3: If You Don’t Look “Sick,” You Don’t have RA
Even when people do not have the visible outward signs of RA, such as red swollen joints and misshapen fingers, they can still suffer symptoms like joint pain, fatigue and a general sense of feeling unwell. RA is an autoimmune disease and can be active before visible signs of it manifest.
The best way to know if you have or are at risk for RA is to speak to your primary care physician, look into family history and do some blood work.
Myth #4: If You Have Arthritis, You Should Not Exercise
This is a myth most believed by those suffering the symptoms of arthritic pain and inflammation. Decades ago patients were told not to exercise because it would rub the joints and make things worse. This is incorrect. While it is true that depending on your arthritis type and conditions certain exercises should be avoided, this is not a blanket statement about all forms of exercise.
The fact is, a certain amount of exercise can greatly reduce the symptoms of arthritis. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) advocates exercises to help keep your muscles strong and your joints flexible.
Myth #5: Different Climates Have No Effect on Arthritis
The National Institutes of Health accurately note there is no scientific evidence to support the notion that cold weather or environments cause arthritis or alter its course, or that warm weather can reverse or cure arthritis. Yet both cold and warm weather can affect arthritis in negative or positive ways.
Cold weather constricts muscles, tendons and blood vessels, causing constriction around the joints, leading to pain and limited range of motion. Heat allows muscles to expand and blood to flow, relieving compression around joints and moving fresh blood to the area, which reduces pain and stiffness.
Myth #6: Arthritis Will Lead to Disability, Wheelchair, Nursing Home
This one is formed and held in place by our individual belief systems. As a result of our history of poor arthritis diagnosis, treatment and prevention methods, many who contracted arthritis did end up with a walker or in a wheelchair and living in assisted environments. Seeing them today can make one think the same will happen to you. However, what used to be fact is now fiction.
With information on diet, supplementation and with aided therapies like chiropractic, acupuncture, quantum touch and others, there are many restorative options available to halt its progression and prevent it. Taking the necessary steps mean this old myth is no longer valid today!
Myth #7: Arthritis Sufferers Have To Live In Pain
This is a huge myth that is widely believed because many arthritis sufferers do live in pain, with daily stiffness and inflammation. They are suffering greatly, yet needlessly, because they don’t know all the parts of the arthritis puzzle.
Engaging in mind/body exercises to reduce stress, eating an anti-inflammatory diet, stretching, exercising, taking proper supplementation, using therapeutic creams and seeing practitioners for complementary wellness visits, you can greatly reduce, if not completely remove, the daily throbbing pain of arthritis.
Myth #8: Arthritis Can’t Be Reversed
It is easy to see why people think this, and thus how the myth started, but it simply is untrue. You see, many of the “common beliefs” about arthritis are derived from a Western medical point of view. This view believes nothing can be done to reverse damage, and so patients need to manage their condition as best they can. However, traditional and holistic medicines have natural methods for increasing bone density, rebuilding bone and regenerating soft tissue.
In other words, a natural approach to reversing damage done by arthritis based on using supplements, topical creams and energy medicine is available to you today. And, in fact, you can Reverse Arthritis when you know how.
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Written By: Updated: November 21,2013