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Rheumatism
What is it?
Rheumatism is pain and stiffness of the joints and muscles. It is common in old age, and a significant cause in over 65s is a condition called polymyalgia rheumatica. This comes on suddenly, with severe neck and shoulder pain, morning stiffness and headaches.
Symptoms:
Severe neck and shoulder pain, morning stiffness and headaches, stiffness of the joints and muscles.
Conventional Practice:
Inflammatory painkillers such as aspirin or, ibuprofen may be prescirbed. Your doctor may prescribe a course of steroid tablets which should provide dramatic relief.
Alternative Treatments:
  Acupuncture
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Moxibustion
  Moxibustion is a way of applying heat locally to regulate; tone and supplement of the bodys flow of Qi (vital energy), and has been found especially useful for relieving post-operative pain and for conditions such as arthritis. More Info
  Naturopathy
  Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
  Massage
  Therapeutic massage has grown into the art of creating and maintaining the best possible health for its devotees. It does this by relaxing, stimulating and invigorating mind and body. More Info
  Hydrotherapy
  Hydrotherapy is the belief that water is the essence of life. If forms the major part of our bodies and is a constituent of most foods. It can be used to induce relaxation, to stimulate blood flow, to remove impurities, to ease pain and stiffness and to treat diseases. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
  Homoeopathy
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  Reflexology
  Reflexologists treat diseases in parts of the body they claim to be related to reflex areas. It is thought that illness occurs when energy channels in the body are blocked, causing damage to one area or another. Massage is aimed at destroying these blocks, allowing the energy to flow freely again and so heal the damage. More Info
   



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