There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The three most common types are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, and Psoriatic arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is a mechanical problem involving the wearing of joints, including the destruction of cartilage and bone. Symptoms include joint pain and tenderness, stiffness, locking, and sometimes swelling. A variety of causes, including genetic, metabolic, and mechanical may begin the process of bone destruction. Bony surfaces eventually become less protected by cartilage, and bone is exposed and damaged. As the disease progresses, affected joints appear larger, are stiff and painful, and may feel worse the more they are used.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful and disabling condition, which causes considerable loss of function and mobility. The disease produces inflammation in the lining of the joint (synovitis), and often leads to the destruction of cartilage and deformity in the joints. Although the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, an auto-immune explanation has the most credibility. A genetic component may also exist. Rheumatoid arthritis pain always shows signs of inflammation, with the affected joints being swollen, warm, painful and stiff, particularly on awakening or following inactivity.
Psoriatic Arthritis is a painful, destructive and crippling condition in which people have both an inflammation of the skin (psoriasis) and of the joints (arthritis). Symptoms may come and go, but the pain is always worse during a "flare". Joint and skin inflammation may also be accompanied by eye and nail changes. The cause of psoriatic arthritis is unknown, however a faulty auto-immune response to an infection, stressor, or injury is the most widely accepted proposal. PA is a tricky diagnosis to make, especially in the young, leaving most people suffering for years before treatment is started.
If you've tried arthritis medications and arthritis therapy but continue to have arthritis pain, Perhaps the Feldenkrais Method can work for you.
Arthritis Pain Relief
Arthritis pain relief at the Feldenkrais Center in Encinitas, CA views restoring the normal functioning of the joints as vital, and takes into consideration that stress on and within joints underlies most arthritis pain. There are many sources of joint stressors, including poor alignment of bones and poor general biomechanics. Joint stress can also be caused by trauma, misuse, or inflammation. The Feldenkrais Method takes into consideration:
- Joints are a complicated system of relationships between bones
- Joint pain often improves when stressors on the joint are relieved
- Faulty mechanics of the entire painful area is a common finding in chronic arthritis pain
- Altered relationships create excessive strain on the joints and soft tissues of the area, with increased inflammation and pain being only one common result
Arthritis treatment and arthritis pain relief are the result of improving key relationships throughout the entire body, especially optimizing the functions of the spine and pelvis. You will receive therapy and Feldenkrais exercises that involve the whole body, the goals being to relieve your pain and to reduce the mechanical irritation and pain in the joints. At the Feldenkrais Center, our approach to treating your arthritis pain allows a faster and more complete recovery than traditional treatments. Many patients report substantial arthritis pain relief with their very first visit.