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Arthritis

This is the most common form of joint disease occurring in 80% of people over 50 particularly in women after the menopause. In osteoarthritis the cartilage that protects the ends of bones at their point of contact degenerates, and bony outgrowths may form. The symptoms range from mild pain, stiffness, swelling and "creaking" to total loss of joint function. In severe cases the surrounding muscles may waste and the bones may distort. Osteoarthritis tends to strike the large joints that bear weight such hips and knees as well as small joints in the feet, hands and fingers and the vertebrae in the neck and lower back.

Tip: gentle exercise such as swimming or yoga will strengthen the muscles supporting the joints without putting too much pressure on them.

Any of the following treatments can be used in the treatment of Arthritis:

Acupuncture, Acupressure, Nutritional therapy, Chiropractic, Shiatsu, Massage, Osteopathy, Yoga

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You are recommended to seek advice of a qualified health practitioner. To find a qualified practitioner in your area look in the Practitioner Directory.

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