One of the most common types of Arthritis is called Rheumatoid Arthritis [RA], which is an inflammatory form of Arthritis. It is a chronic progressive disease causing inflammation in the joints, which can lead to pain, deformity, and immobility. The disorder can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms are gradual and can vary from person to person.
Unfortunately, 60% of people with untreated RA are unable to work, on average, in just 10 years after onset. There is no cure yet, but treatment can slow down the
process and ease related pain. Traditional treatment methods include medications, physical therapy and stretching, and medical procedures. An early diagnosis is important to effectively treat the disease and keep you away from too many medications or surgery.
What are the early warning signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Joint pain or tenderness
- Joint swelling
- Joint redness or warmth
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of joint range of motion
- Many joints affected (polyarthritis)
- Joint deformity
- Loss of joint function
The history of Rheumatoid Arthritis and cold therapy:
The benefits of cold therapy in relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis have been known for thousands of years. According to a report from the Journal of Royal Society of Medicine, ancient Egyptians and even Hippocrates were aware of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of cold therapies. More recently, a study published in the Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology journal revealed that patients with active rheumatoid arthritis experienced significantly reduced pain levels with whole body cryotherapy.
Whole Body Cryotherapy holds a firm position in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and considering it was created for RA specifically in the 1970s, it’s no wonder the treatment’s success has been confirmed by a large range of clinical studies.
One clinical trial performed by Dr. Bianka Benkenstein measured pain and mobility in patients using Cryotherapy as a treatment method. The results showed that associated pain was reduced and range of motion increased after an average of 10 to 15 Cryotherapy sessions, even with high initial prevalence of the disease. Patients experienced a substantial relief of symptoms and less inflammation in the body. The effects can last up to months after a series of consecutive treatment.
Some of the benefits shown for RA treatment:
- Reduction in pain and swelling due to inflammation
- Improvement in overall health and well being
- Improvement in joint function and range of motion
- Reduction in medication intake related to pain and inflammation
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Here’s why you should consider whole body cryotherapy for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- It was created to treat RA pain – Cryotherapy was founded by Dr. T. Yamauchi in Japan to treat pain, inflammation, and joint immobility from RA using below freezing temperatures
- It offers an alternative, non-invasive, and holistic treatment –Cryotherapy has no side effects, can be less costly and is an efficient treatment of RA pain
- It only takes 3 minutes for each cryotherapy session – This makes it easy to fit into an Arthritis treatment regimen