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Everything you need to know about pain and how we can help you

A diagnosis of osteoarthritis is not necessarily a sentence to a downward spiral of lessened mobility and increased pain accompanied by a regimen of destructive drugs. It is a process, and this process can often be slowed down or even reversed with DMR Therapy®.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease. It is seen primarily, though not exclusively, in the elderly. As we age there is a decreased ability to manufacture and restore normal joint structures such as cartilage.

Weight-bearing joints, like knees, vertebrae and hips, are the ones most often affected with osteoarthritis along with those of the hands. This can be a reaction to trauma, disease or surgery. It is also generally believed that the cumulative effects of decades of joint use leads to degenerative changes. But many sedentary people get arthritis and many active people don’t. So, why is that?

In my practice I’ve found that in every case of arthritis pain in weight-bearing joints, the muscles and tendons are holding an extreme level of tension. I believe this tension is the real cause of arthritis pain symptoms in these areas. I’ve also found that releasing this tension lowers the pain dramatically, even in cases where the cartilage is worn or almost entirely absent.

Arthritis is usually the culmination of a slow process, often with a very subtle onset. Morning joint stiffness is often the first symptom, later more pain with movement that worsens with increased activity. The constant strain of tight muscles and tendons on the joints, if not relieved, can eventually cause extreme pain, a decreased level of synovial fluid, and result in loss of cartilage and deformities in the joints. Spurs form because there is tension on the tendon where it attaches to the bone. Relieving the tension on the joint increases blood and lymph flow so the body can begin repairing itself. Studies reported in The Journal Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism have shown that “cellular and tissue response is aimed at repair of the damaged joint structure. The process contributing to osteoarthritis appears to be able to be stopped and sometimes reversed”. This, I believe, is especially true when the right conditions for healing are provided.

Research also indicates that current drugs being used in osteoarthritis may be producing short-term benefit, but actually accelerating the progression of joint destruction. The first drug generally used in the treatment of osteoarthritis is aspirin. It can be quite effective in relieving both pain and inflammation, but since the therapeutic dose required is relatively high, gastric irritation often results. Other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Voltaren, Motrin, Advil, Celebrex, Toradol, Aleve and naprosyn are often used as well. These drugs are among the most commonly used in the world, but are also associated with severe side effects, especially in the elderly.

One side effect of aspirin and other NSAIDs that is not often mentioned is their inhibition of cartilage repair and acceleration of cartilage destruction. So, though they give immediate short-term pain relief, their long-term use can be very harmful.

For the larger, weight bearing joints (hips, knees, back, shoulders, etc.) I highly recommend one session of DMR Therapy® if possible. The reduction in pain can be dramatic and more than one session is seldom needed. Trigger points in the muscles and tendons cause tension on joints whichI believe to be the main mechanism for causing these joint problems. Releasing trigger points allows the natural healing ability of the body to again do its work.

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