Arthritis is generally diagnosed in older people, with over 50 million adults diagnosed in the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean that children cannot have it; over 300,000 kids have some form of the disease. As the leading cause of disability in America with no known cure, those impacted by arthritis suffer every day, trying a number of different medications and physiotherapy treatments to combat the pain to no avail.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the umbrella term for over 100 different types of joint diseases or pain, with symptoms such as redness, swelling, and stiffness of the affected joints to chronic pain and reduced mobility. Two of the most common types are Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The most severe type, Rheumatoid Arthritis, can cause fatigue, appetite loss, anemia, and if left untreated, severe joint deformity. Rheumatoid Arthritis differs from other forms of the disease as it is an autoimmune disease in which the body turns on itself, attacking the lining of joints with inflammation.
Many people cite lost cartilage in their joints as the cause of their pain, but arthritis can be caused by a multitude of factors, including:
- “injury, leading to degenerative arthritis,
- abnormal metabolism, leading to gout and pseudogout,
- inheritance, such as in osteoarthritis,
- infections, such as in the arthritis of Lyme disease,
- immune system dysfunction, such as in RA and SLE.”
While most of those are unavoidable, the CDC compiled a list of risk factors that you can control. By changing these factors, you can reduce your risk of developing or worsening arthritis. Some people have found that eating certain foods helps to keep their symptoms in check. Others have found that by keeping mobile through exercise and swimming, they retain flexibility in joints plagued by arthritis. Swimming is especially important when seeking to minimize joint pain as little to no pressure is put on the joints while in water.
How Far Infrared Therapy Helps
People often spend their time looking for ways to decrease their arthritic pain, whether it be through medications, lifestyle changes, surgery, or physical therapy. But few realize the power that far infrared therapy holds.
This form of therapy uses far infrared radiation, a non-ionizing subdivision of the electromagnetic spectrum. When exposed to an energy or heat source, the far infrared energy, known as photons, cause water clusters within the bloodstream to vibrate and break apart. When these clusters separate, they allow blood to flow more freely through the body, improving circulation and overall health. Gladiator Therapeutic’s patented ceramics emit far infrared energy when placed on the body and help combat the painful symptoms of arthritis by boosting circulation and decreasing inflammation. While it may not cure arthritis, slowing the progression of the disease is critical in preventing or minimizing permanent damage.
NOTE: Content included here is not medical advice, and only is intended as information for adults. Always consult with your health care professional before making changes to diet, exercise, medication, or before use of any product or device.