Rheumatic / Joint Pain
Joint pain is a broad term for multiple conditions; it's typical for this to be experienced as you get older. As part of life and our daily movements, our joints are exposed to constant low-level damage through their use; in most cases, our body repairs itself through our nutrition, rest, recovery & our genetics. In instances that are not down to age, it could be linked to a condition like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Rest the affected joint where possible
Use of Heat to help joint mobility
Consider Losing weight
Strengthen the affected area
Carrying heavy objects
Do not stop moving completely
Applying pressure over the joint i.e. kneeling down
High impact activity
USING FLOW NANO
You can apply the heating element to your joints to provide heat relief using the Nano. And you can look to use the percussion head to provide self-massage to the muscles around the area.
HOW DOES IT HELP?
The NHS recommends the application of heat; it stimulates the nervous system, particularly the thermoreceptors, which 'may' block the signals/ sensation of pain to the brain. Additionally, heat increases blood flow to the area, which provides an increased rate of oxygen & nutrient delivery to muscles in that area, contributing to the muscles becoming more relaxed. Thus taking away any tension that the muscles may bring to the area.
Additionally, the use of percussion on the muscles surrounding the joints affected can provide an increase in blood flow to the muscles, allowing them to become more relaxed & subsequently more flexible. Both of these combined allow the joint to potentially move more freely with the help of increased muscle flexibility.
COMMON CAUSES OF JOINT PAIN
There are many causes of joint pain; it could be linked to an injury or a long-lasting diagnosis like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
Causes of Osteoarthritis (OA) - Joint injury, secondary arthritis following rheumatoid arthritis or gout, age-related, heredity, obesity & genetics; osteoarthritis is more common in women,
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - RA is an autoimmune disease; your immune system is meant to support your body's efforts to fight off infection. However, with RA, the immune system attacks the cells that line our joints by mistake, making the joints swollen, stiff, & painful. It's still unclear what causes RA to come about or why it happens, but they know that; women are more susceptible to it if there is a genetic link and if you smoke.
If the joint pain becomes progressively worse and it affects your ability and daily routine you should seek advice from your GP and/ or specialist. In addition if the joint pain is related to trauma/ injury and/or you have severe swelling, redness & tenderness to touch around the joint.
Your symptoms get worse all of a sudden
Your temperature is higher than normal (37.4°C)
You develop shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
You have a chronic lung disease & the cold/flu/covid is not improving
If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health matters for further information or medical advice, please speak to your GP or a Pharmacist.