Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. Unfortunately, even with the rapid advancement of medical technology, this disease is still incurable. However, aside from medications the pain can be drastically reduced and managed through various treatments such as surgical treatments, mobilisation therapies, physical therapy and whole body cryotherapy.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms and Causes
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by warm, swollen, and painful joints. The affected area is mostly stiff, especially in the morning. Joints of hands and wrist are the most commonly affected joints. Symptoms may include fever and overall weakness. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. The causes are the combination of genetics and environmental factors. The body’s immune system attacks the cartilage and causes inflammation to spread to bones. This process reduces movement and leads to deformation. Besides small joints such as hands, wrists, feet, cervical spine, rheumatoid arthritis also affects shoulders and knees.
The disease can also affect kidneys, skin, eyes, lungs, blood and blood vessels, heart, liver, or nerves. Another risk factor is smoking. Studies have shown that Caucasian men who smoke are more likely to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis than non-smokers. However, moderate alcohol consumption can be a protective factor. The diagnosis includes x-ray, examination, and blood tests. Other conditions that have similar symptoms to that of rheumatoid arthritis are osteoporosis, lupus, and fibromyalgia.
The Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
The treatment of rheumatoid arthritis should start as soon as possible to reduce the pain and prevent further tissue damage. It includes medications, surgery, physical and occupational therapy, and therapy methods that reduce inflammation such as cryotherapy. Even a cognitive therapy have proven beneficial for managing pain Medications that are used in rheumatoid arthritis treatment include NSAIDs to reduce pain, steroids to manage inflammation, DMARDs to slow down the disease, and biologics that block a specific part of the immune system. The latter ones are used when DMARDs do not work.
Another treatment method that is beneficial for patients with rheumatoid arthritis is acupuncture. It reduces pain and improves the flexibility of affected joints. Whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) has proven to be successful in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis as proven in recent clinical studies. However, before undergoing any alternative or complementary treatment method, you should consult with your physician first. Also, a diet rich in omega fatty acids has also shown to be beneficial for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients need to make certain lifestyle changes such as regular exercise according to their doctor’s recommendations and to quit smoking.
How Does WBC Work?
Whole-body cryotherapy is best understood as adjuvant physical therapy. It works by exposing controlled levels of cold gas (liquid nitrogen) to the patient’s skin. The body is generally exposed to subzero temperatures of cold therapy for about 3 minutes at a time. Cold air is released in a chamber in bursts of 20 to 30 seconds. The cold causes the circulatory system to go through dramatic vasoconstriction, followed by a strong rebound vasodilation. This, therefore, improves peripheral vascular tone, while reducing histamine levels (inflammation markers).
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Benefits of WBC on patients with rheumatoid arthritis include:
- Drastic improvement in pain levels
- Decrease inflammation
- Slows the production of synovial joint fluid (contributes to the swelling and discomfort of joints)
- Reduces the intake of painkillers consumed
- Improvement in mobility and joint function of up to 60%
Cryo AU started off WBC for rheumatoid arthritis. But its benefits are so vast that whole body cryotherapy is used for more than just arthritis, it can help you recover through problems including sports injuries. It has also shown to be a good anti-aging and anti-cellulite treatment method.
The Bottom Line
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects mostly small joints such as wrists and hands. However, large joints, eyes, skin, blood vessels, liver, or kidneys, can also be affected. The symptoms include pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness. The cause of this inadequate immune system response includes genetics and environmental factors.
The disease cannot be cured. Therefore, the goal is to slow it down and to reduce symptoms. This is achieved through medications, surgery, physical and occupational therapy, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, and cryotherapy.
Whole-Body cryotherapy helps with inflammation, pain, and swelling. When combined with other treatment methods it improves the overall well being of a patient. Also, it can reduce the medication intake and synovial fluid accumulation in joints. Our services include a complimentary Body Composition Analysis report. For affordable rates on WBC and to learn more about the cryo services we provide, visit http://cryoau.com.au/