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Arthritis and Low Level Laser Therapy

Amber Green; November 30, 2017

Arthritis: A Day in the Life

 

 

Arthritis

 

BioFlex Low Level Laser Therapy reduces inflammation and relieves pain associated with arthritis (including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis). According to www.arthritis.ca, 1 in 5 Canadians live with arthritis. For those of us who do not suffer from arthritis, it is time to consider the day-to-day hardships suffered by an estimated 20% of the population.

Your Day Begins

Upon waking, people with arthritis may experience joint stiffness. Joint stiffness may last up to 30 minutes for people with osteoarthritis, and up to an hour if suffering from inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

InfoGraphic Arthritis

 

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Daily routines vary considerably from person to person, but consider that anyone, from any walk of life or age group can suffer from arthritis (including osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease).

After the joint stiffness subsides (or perhaps before), it’s time to get ready for the day. Dressing can be challenging for people suffering from arthritis in the joints of their fingers, as simple tasks such as buttoning buttons (especially small ones) can prove challenging. Footwear is something that people with arthritis take into consideration as, depending upon the severity of arthritis suffered, they must be easy to put on and take off. Certain shoes will help to minimize stress on joints (think: feet, knees and hips).

Congratulations! You’re dressed for the day.

Getting Dressed Senior

Now, it’s time for breakfast. The kitchen comes with its own set of challenges. In articles (referenced below), opening jars, using a manual can opener, lifting heavy containers (pots/pans, water, milk, juice) and stirring ingredients are everyday tasks most of us take for granted, but not by those people suffering from arthritis.

Senior opening Jar

Kelly O’Neill Young of RA Warrior includes a list of items that is difficult to accomplish with rheumatoid arthritis http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-disability-makes-things-difficult/ Consider how often you do/use the following:

  • Peeling a sticker
  • Closing Ziploc bags
  • Opening a Band-Aid
  • Using dental floss
  • Tucking in sheets
  • Killing a bug
  • Washing hands
  • Applying lotion
  • Remote control
  • Laptop on lap (hips / knees)
  • Walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night
  • Using clothes pin-type hangers
  • Putting socks on a child
  • Opening the refrigerator door

Senior Hands with Arthritis

After you get yourself (and your children, if you have them) ready, you’re off to work! Driving can cause pain in hands, elbow, knee and hip joints. Regardless of vocation, repetitive motions must be minimized, and stress put on arthritic joints must be considered. Texting on the small screen of a smartphone may be too difficult; voice-to-text ability is your good friend.

Once home again (or even before), you may feel fatigued, as day to day activities are no longer easily accomplished, and the pain you experience may fluctuate.

Back Pain

The Challenges Continue

If it’s a quiet night, you face the same challenges as you did in the morning; though, perhaps with more pain and less energy.

You make dinner, care for your children (or grandchildren), and get ready for bed. Your arthritic wrist may be too sore to brush your teeth with a manual toothbrush, and the fine motor skills needed for flossing makes attempting this task a nightmare. You may rely on an electric toothbrush and floss holder. (If you do not suffer from arthritis, please pause for a moment to consider the hardships you would face in your day to day life.)

If you think that arthritis sufferers feel relief when lying down/sleeping, consider that shifting position may be necessary, as joints stiffen throughout slumber. As such, getting out of bed must be done with caution.

Man in Bed

This article could be a lot longer, as the challenges faced by people with arthritis are many, and vary among different individuals.

If you or someone you love suffers from the pain and day-to-day hardships of arthritis, please send them this article. BioFlex Laser Therapy (a form of Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT], also referred to as ‘Cold Laser Therapy’ or ‘Phototherapy’) is clinically proven to assist in the treatment of many conditions, including common non-inflammatory rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) (i.e. osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia) and inflammatory RMDs (i.e. rheumatoid arthritis). Laser therapy for pain is proven to be highly effective in numerous case studies and medical journals.

Non-invasive, safe and drug-free, BioFlex Laser Therapy reduces inflammation and relieves pain associated with arthritis, and treats many musculoskeletal conditions by promoting healing at the cellular level.

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With the cold weather (which may increase the pain associated with arthritis) and the holidays approaching, consider giving the gift of BioFlex Laser Therapy (many people feel relief in as little as 3-4 treatments). Please contact us to arrange prepayment of treatments for your loved one, or purchase a BioFlex Personal Therapy System of your very own!

BioFlex Therapy System

 

 

Joint stiffness: https://www.verywell.com/warning-signs-that-point-to-arthritis-189332

 

Dressing/kitchen: https://theenthusiasticlife.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/10-years-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-whats-the-impact/

 

RAWarrior: http://rawarrior.com/rheumatoid-arthritis-disability-makes-things-difficult/

 

Driving: https://www.medicinenet.com/living_with_rheumatoid_arthritis/views.htm

 

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