During the 1800s and 1900s, without the advanced technology of the 21st century, the population had no way of diagnosing or treating their sicknesses, including Rheumatoid Arthritis, so they had to endure the pain. The famous painting entitled, “Three Graces” by Peter Paul Rubens shows the effects of Arthritis on the right hand of one of his women models. Rubens was a very detailed painter of the mid-19th century, so he naturally painted what he saw, which was the deformity in the joints of her fingers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis has been gnarling fingers and inflicting chronic pain on its victims for centuries, but now with Nutrition Response Testing, Holistic Chiropractors and Naturopaths can evaluate the body chemistry in their patients and use natural treatment methods to bring pain relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis to those who suffer from it.
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Today, over 13 million people in the U.S. suffer from moderate to severe Arthritis. Doctors have thought for years that this was a hereditary disease, passed down from generation to generation. In recent years, Arthritis has been defined as a disease with environmental and genetic factors. Medical science believes that a viral or bacterial infection triggers those who are genetically predisposed and Arthritis develops.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that fights against its immune system creating inflammation in the body. The immune system is the defender of the organs in the body while it also “energizes” the individual organs, so they function properly.
Once Arthritis starts, it continues to send signals to the immune system to wrongfully attack itself. It centers in the fluid surrounding the joints where it slowly deteriorates the healthy joint of the body.
Signs and Symptoms
Rheumatoid Arthritis can resemble other ailments, but if Arthritis is suspected, a doctor will perform tests to determine if the level of inflammation or use x-rays to look for signs of arthritis in the bones and joints. Those who have been diagnosed with RA will exhibit unique symptoms, but the six most common signs of Arthritis are:
• Joint stiffness in the morning lasting longer than one hour
• Joint pain
• Swelling of the joints
• Decreased range of motion
• Symptoms will likely become progressively worse with more pain and discomfort.
Rheumatoid Arthritis has been classified as an autoimmune disease that affects those over 21 with women being the majority of those affected. Studies show that different factors contribute to being diagnosed with Arthritis.
Holistic Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Up until the recent decade, the accepted treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis has been surgery, physical therapy, pain, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic medications, Biologics, and corticosteroids, which are administered by the physician and in extreme cases, joint replacements. However, these are all only band-aids for the problem.
Thanks to the committed and dedicated doctors in the Holistic field, Nutrition Response Testing has proven to be a successful alternative, and it is getting impressive results. NRT Practitioners are finding natural remedies that work to correct chemical imbalances related to the causes of this condition. Uncovering the specific natural remedy your body needs often includes diet modification and prescription-quality supplements derived from whole foods.
If you are suffering from severe or chronic pain from Rheumatoid Arthritis, you may wish to contact a local Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner and see if you have a chemical imbalance causing your Arthritis difficulties. Most practitioners offer a free consultation to meet with you and explain the process in detail. You may find your condition to improve significantly in a short period of time.