The natural design of your joints allows frictionless movement over two bony structures due to the smooth lubricated cartilage. In osteoarthritis (OA) joint damage involves injury to this shock distributing cartilage. In many cases breakdown of the cartilage may be due to a number of factors besides trauma such as genetic abnormalities, immune response, allergies, etc.
Research done at the University of Nottingham & NYU Hospital for Joint Disease was published in a recent issue of the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism, titled Inflammation May be Culprit in OA.
How should a joint function? Take 2 ice cubes, wet them, and then rub them against each other. How slippery is that? Now realize that a normal joint is 80 times more slippery than those 2 wet ice cubes!
In OA there is a drying up of the synovial fluid and the cartilage begins to dehydrate and crack, leading up to bone rubbing on bone. And of course there is inflammation in the joint.
There are 4 aspects to the management of this disease. One thing to keep in mind is that the joint structure should be normal. If that joint is not normal, if there is any kind of misalignment and there is dysfunctional movement in that joint, no matter what treatment you get, whether it be nutritional or medical, is not going to be successful. Dysfunctional movement of a joint will not allow it to heal regardless of the therapy, whether it is surgical, medical, or nutritional. Chiropractic, physical therapy, or osteopathic therapy is needed to diagnose and correct any misalignment.
Summary of Goals
2. Detoxify the joint
Glutathione rids the joint of nitric oxide free radicals
Niacinamide & B6
Greens to alkalize acid joints
3. Rebuild the joint
Perna (New Zealand green lipped mussel)
4. Restore normal range of motion. This will maintain the circulation and allow that joint to be fed
All of this will only work if you normalize the structural integrity and dysfunction of that joint. Management of arthritis without medicine or surgery is wonderful and brilliant. There are absolutely no side effects. These 4 steps are a great way to manage arthritis, whether due to trauma, genetic predispositions, or allergies.
(C) Reuven M. Rosenberg, D.C.
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