Osteopathy and Arthritis

Arthritis is an inflammation of any joint. There are two types of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis is often described as a wear and tear of the joints caused by age, repetitive actions, and obesity and also altered postural and biomechanics (movements of the body) such as a past trauma, growth of the body, and a traumatic experience such as birth, or a vehicle accident.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is described as an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own tissue. Rheumatoid arthritis usually affects the entire body with the most often affected joints being the ankles, feet, hands, knees and wrists.

The joints can be warm, tender and swollen. Typically there is a discoloration of the skin over the joint that looks purplish. Joint deformities of the hands and feet as the disease progresses are quite common.

The symptoms of arthritis center on the joints due to inflammation so specific movements and treatment techniques are used by the osteopathy medicine clinicians to encourage the movement of fluid around the joints and tissues to help in the removal of the inflammatory substances from the joints. The techniques used also reduce the pain of arthritis. Diet and lifestyle can also help to reduce symptoms of arthritis.


X-rays, blood tests, and MRI scans may be used to help assess the extent of the arthritic condition. Even though nothing can be done to undo the damage already done by arthritis osteopathic treatment can help to reduce the pain, swelling, and improve mobility and range of motion of each joint involved. Osteopathic treatment can help with neck pain, low back pain and swelling, hip pain and lack of mobility, and early morning stiffness.

The treatment’s goal is to improve the mobility and to reduce the swelling by using gentle, manual osteopathic techniques on each of the affected joints, on muscles, and also on ligaments. Exercises at home in warm water or salt baths may be suggested as well as other exercises and lifestyle changes designed to improve function and reduce pain.

You Can Do It

No patient needs to accept the advice that there is nothing that can be done about the pain and suffering of arthritis. Exercise, diet changes and lifestyle changes along with osteopathic treatment can over time reduce the pain, and increase mobility. No patient is too young or too old to receive osteopathic treatment and care by those who are dedicated to helping your body to heal itself.

No person should suffer needlessly. It is possible for your body to heal itself once osteopathic treatment has better aligned the body and allowed the various body parts to work in harmony to help the body to better function, and to restore health to the body parts as well as to heal tissue as the body reduces pain and inflammation.

This article originally appeared on Science Beta.

Acupuncture: Treating sexual health issues

Acupuncture is a scientifically proven treatment for a variety of health issues, including sexual health related concerns. It has been used with and without Chinese herbs to address health and sexual functioning concerns for over 5,000 years. By using very fine needles in key points on the skin, the overall sexual health of either a man or a woman can be greatly enhanced. This includes the improvement of sexual performance and libido (sex drive). In addition, acupuncture also addresses underlying causes that may contribute to sexual health issues such as: menopause, psychological challenges, drug interactions, weight fluctuation, hormonal imbalances and more.

Acupuncture is an effective tool for treating the whole person through physical, mental and emotional aspects. It has low risks and few side effects and results are typically seen within a short time; however, treatment times are dependent upon how severe imbalances are within the body.


Acupressure uses a less invasive approach by using the same diagnostic tools and points but omits needles by using pressure through massage. It is typically done using your fingers, knuckles, elbows and even vibrators; which help to stimulate blood flow in a more intensive manner. Acupressure can also be used by patients in-between acupuncture appointments for continuous stimulation.

Using vibrators on acupressure points

By using a small bullet style vibrator or massager, one can improve the amount of stimulation that they receive during acupressure. The advantage to using a smaller vibrator is that they allow you to have more pinpoint accuracy in stimulating the specific point that you wish to treat. A helpful guide on how to choose the right vibrator for you, including information on what to avoid, such as phthalates (a toxin in plastics) can be found here:


How acupuncture addresses sexual performance issues

Acupuncture provides balance to the body by correcting any disruption of energy flow in the body, which is known as Qi (Chi). When addressing a decrease in sexual performance and libido, the organs that are typically treated are the kidney and heart, along with any other possible contributors that create imbalance within the body.

An acupuncturist uses diagnostic tools along with discussing symptoms to determine where imbalances are focused. Pulse and tongue diagnosis are the most common ways for an acupuncturist to examine a patient. Acupuncture goes beyond the traditional pulse checks that Western medicine uses by examining twenty-seven pulse states through nine positions. These pulse positions provide information about how well the organs in the body are functioning as well as the overall health of the patient. The tongue is also examined to determine one's overall health and organ functioning and is checked for color, shape, moisture, coating, cracks and more.

Acupuncture and acupressure are the most common treatments, but other techniques, such as moxibustion, cupping and electroacupuncture, can also be used along with Chinese herbs. Treatments are geared toward relaxing the mind to decrease stress, balance hormone levels and increase circulation for proper blood flow to the sexual organs. Such treatments improve sexual functioning by helping men to increase their performance through enhancing erections, ejaculation and longevity while helping women to increase sex drive, lubrication and the ability to have satisfying orgasms.

Beyond improving sex drive

In addition to boosting the sex drive, here are a variety of sexual issues that can be addressed through acupuncture:

• Erectile Dysfunction
• Infertility
• Menopause: In Women & Men
• Prostate Issues
• Premature Ejaculation
• Sexual Aversion Disorder
• Decreased Sperm Mobility
• Female Sexual Arousal Disorder
• Female Sexual Dysfunction
• Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder
• Vaginismus
• STD Outbreaks

Acupuncture and acupressure are wonderful alternative methods to use when addressing sexual health concerns, as they go beyond just treating symptoms and focus on the root of the problem.

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