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 that causes inflammation in the joints, which can lead to severe pain, deformity, and immobility in the affected. The disorder can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms are gradual and can vary greatly from person to person.
Unfortunately, 60% of people with untreated RA are unable to work on average, just 10 years after onset of the disease.
There is no cure yet, but treatment can slow down the progression of RA and ease related pain. Traditional treatment methods include medications, physical therapy, yoga, stretching, and medical procedures such as surgery. An early diagnosis is important to effectively treat this disease and protect you from too many medications or surgeries.
What are the early warning signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis?
- Joint pain or tenderness
- Joint swelling
- Joint redness or warmth
- Joint stiffness
- Loss of 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 now and considering it was specifically created for RA in the 1970s, it’s no wonder that the treatment success has been confirmed by a large range of clinical studies spanning many years.
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. This was true even for those who had a high initial prevalence of the disease. Patients experienced a substantial relief of symptoms including less inflammation in the body. These effects can last up to months after a series of consecutive treatments.
Some of the benefits shown for Rheumatoid Arthritis 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
Here’s why you should consider whole body cryotherapy for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- It was initially 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 to complete a cryotherapy session from start to finish– This makes it easy to fit into an Arthritis treatment regimen and your personal schedule as well
If you are interested in cryotherapy you should know that there are more than one possibility for managing, and preventing arthritis in this article below from Johns Hopkins Medicine.
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