WHAT IS ARTHRITIS?
Arthritis is a disorder affecting one or more joints of the body. It is characterized as inflammation, pain, and stiffness of the joints. Arthritis can also present as redness, warmth, swelling and decreased range of motion in the affected joint or joints. Onset can be gradual or sudden.
Facts About Arthritis
There are actually over 100 different classifications of arthritis. The two most common forms of arthritis seen clinically are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that usually occurs with age and affects the fingers, knees and hips. Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that often affects the hands and feet.
Stress is physical, mental and emotional strain caused by influences from the outside world. Stress affects our sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which generates what is known as the "fight or flight" response. The SNS signals the adrenal glands to release hormones called adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones cause the heart to beat faster, respiration rate to increase, blood vessels in the arms and legs to dilate, the digestive process to change and glucose levels (sugar energy) in the bloodstream to increase. Chronic stress over a prolonged period of time can result in a drain on the body. This constant reaction of the nervous system has negative effects on other bodily systems such as the musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. There are 8 common symptoms of stress.
8 Symptoms Of Stress
Acupuncture For Stress
Acupuncture effectively treats stress by balancing the body's systems. If you are suffering from one or more of the above symptoms then you are most likely suffering from too much stress.
Come in, for a treatment and consultation today, to see how you can reduce your stress and become pain-free.