Rheumatoid Arthritis


A physiotherapist will be able to give you exercises to help improve your mobility. They will be able to devise an appropriate exercise plan for you. An occupational therapist can also advise you on ways you can adapt your lifestyle to give you more independence, confidence and control. Their advice can vary from practical solutions, such as helping you with everyday tasks, to teaching you relaxation techniques and coping skills.

Complementary therapies
Many people with rheumatoid arthritis try complementary therapies. In most cases, there have been no scientific studies and no evidence to prove that they are effective. However, there are some therapies, particularly those aimed at reducing the stress of living with rheumatoid arthritis, that may help to make you feel better in yourself. These include:

  • Massage.
  • Acupuncture - the insertion of fine needles at certain points on the skin.
  • Osteopathy - a mixture of gentle and forceful massage techniques aimed to reduce pain and swelling.
  • Chiropractic - involves careful manipulation of the joints, muscles and tendons to provide pain relief.
  • Hydrotherapy - exercise in either a warm, shallow swimming pool or a special hydrotherapy bath.
  • Electrotherapy - uses electrical impulses (tiny electrical shocks) to stimulate the nervous system.
  • Nutritional supplements - such as glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin and fish oil.




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