Natural Healing Methods for Arthritis and Joint Pain
Arthritis and Joint
Also called Degenerative Joint
Disease, osteoarthris is a condition in
which synovial joints, especially
weight-bearing joints, are irritated
This condition is distinguished from
other types of arthritis by being
directly related to wear and tear of
the joint structures.
Is an autoimmune condition in which
the synovial membranes of various
joints are attacked by immune system
“A Massage Therapist Guide to Pathology”
Ruth Werner---Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Muscles Pull on Bone. Muscles Pull
bone into blood vessels, nerves, and
out of alignment.
Bone Supports and Protects. Bones
serve as an attachment for muscles.
Did you know there is:
NO PROOF that Osteoarthritis is caused by
wear and tear,
NO PROOF that Osteoarthritis progresses
with the “correct use” of the joint ( only
the “incorrect use” of the joint),
NO PROOF that Osteoarthritis progresses
with age. (Unless the “Incorrect use” is
allowed to continue).
Forward Head Posture
High Blood Pressure
Compressed Chest Cavity area
Compressed Abdominal area
Compromising the blood flow to the
The role of poor posture in the production of
diseases and bodily malfunction has been
almost entirely neglected. Since the
correction of posturally induced disease
requires almost costless and harmless
treatment, it is irrational to give priority to
very expensive, complicated, and
dangerous procedures before the benefits
of postural therapy have been thoroughly
reexamined and exploited.
Dr. Victor Barker
Author of : Posture Makes Perfect
Results of Proper Alignment
Equal pressure throughout the joint.
The muscles around the joint are
balanced creating a balanced inner joint
pressure allowing the joint to wear
The body uses energy wisely.
Movement becomes easier and more
All parts of the body….used in
moderation and exercise….become
thereby well developed and age
slowly, but if unused, and left idle,
they become libel to disease,
defective in growth and age quickly.
Hipprocrates, 5 B.C.
Taking Care of Your Joints
Before stretching know which
muscles to stretch.
Know which muscles to strengthen,
so that the joint becomes stable.
Perform “movement” exercises daily
for each joint.
How to Acquire Good Posture
• Daily Awareness
Correct Type of Massage and
Personal Trainer – Focus on the
Balancing the Core
Stretch and Strengthening Routine -
Safest of all modalities
Power of Touch
Types of Massage
Which one is right for you?
No single therapeutic agent can
compare in efficiency with this
familiar but perfect tool………The
Human Hand. If half as much
research had been expended on the
principles governing manual
treatment as upon pharmacology it
would be esteemed today on a par
with drugs in Acceptability and
J. Madison Taylor M.D.
“ No pharmacology intervention holds
a greater promise of improving
health and promoting independence
in the older adult than does
Dr. William Bryan – Baylor College of Medicine
Strengthening the Core
Strengthen the weak, stretch the
Working the body individually
Every day routine
Placing the body in proper posture makes
it energy efficient. When it is out of
proper posture or out of balance the
energy use is higher because the body has
to recruit muscles to assume the role of
bone which is to keep the body upright in
Digestion is the one of the highest
consumers of energy. If we are in any
kind of Distress then Digestion is
Studies have shown that at times of stress
our bodies may absorb as little as 25%
of the nutrients in the foods we eat.
Causes of Joint Pain
Poor Postural Alignment
Muscle Imbalance around a joint
Diet - Acid vs Alkaline
Inability to absorb Nutrients
The Dairy Calcium Myth:
Harvard 12 year study of 78,000 women
found that dairy calcium didn’t help bone
strength at all. Those with the most calcium
from Dairy actually had double the hip
fractures rates compared to those who got
little or no dairy calcium.
AMJ Publ.Health 1997, 87:992-7
Is Your Body’s Internal Environment Toxic?
Acid = Pain
What contributes to an Acidic
How can we tell if we are Acidic or
How does that effect Joint Pain?
How can we change our internal
Natural Teas and Herbs
Tumeric and Bromelein
Hyaluronic Acid (HCL)
Vitamin B and Folic Acid