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ArthritisSeitai practitioners spend a vast amount of time dealing with pain and suffering caused by arthritis. Many people mistakenly assume that they must learn to live with their symptoms. In many cases, practitioners are able to help considerably. Pain relief and lifestyle management improve the symptoms.

Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation of the joints and bones. The main symptoms of arthritis include:

• Pain
• Stiffness
• Restricted movements of the joints
• Inflammation and swelling
• Warmth and redness of the skin over the joint

In the UK, arthritis is a very common condition, affecting over nine million people. Two of the most common forms of arthritis are:

• Osteoarthritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK, affecting an estimated 8.5 million people.

In people affected by osteoarthritis, the cartilage (Connective tissue) between their bones gradually wastes away, leading to painful rubbing of bone on bone in the joints and most frequently affected joints, hands, spine, knees and hips.

Osteoarthritis often develops in people who are over 50 years of age. However, it can develop at any age as a result of an injury or another joint related condition.

Rheumatoid Arthritis affects around 350,000 people, and it often starts between 40 and 50 years of age.

Women are three times more likely to be affected by the condition than men.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is caused by a fault in the immune system (The body’s natural defence against illness and infection) that makes the body attack its own tissues. The fault may be inherited genetically (passed on by a family member).

There is no cure of arthritis, however Acupressure treatment can do a great deal to reduce pain and ease swelling. Alongside with the exercise, acupressure helps reduce inflammation and helps maintain flexibility.

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