Arthritis is a generic name for any pain connected with a joint. It can have a variety of causes and can occur at any age. It can be due to a degeneration of the bones, and or the ligaments that connect them. This degeneration can be through wear and tear or due to an “organic” problem with the bones. It is felt as pain with loss of flexibility. The word “pain” comes from a Latin word that meant punishment and to most sufferers of arthritis, it does feel like a punishment.

It is important to realise that there are several general conditions that cause joint pain, the most common being; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever and gout.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disorder involving damage to the cartilage covered load bearing surfaces. This can sometimes lead to local deformities of the skeleton. In this form of arthritis there is not so much inflammation. The disease usually affects knees and hips but can affect any joint. Being overweight will increase the risk and severity of the problem

While Arthritis is a disease of joints and bone, Rheumatism is a disease of muscles and tissue, so Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease affecting both the joint and the tissue around it Rheumatoid Arthritis can also cause a loss of appetite, lethargy, tendon inflammation, bursitis and even inflammation of the eyes.
Because there are various conditions that can cause pain in joints it is important that a person obtains an accurate diagnosis of what is actually occurring in their own case.

Some of the more conventional medications, especially older ones, can have unwanted side effects.
There are various things we can do to reduce the symptoms of Arthritis; these symptoms include:-Pain with reduced mobility of the joint; Weakness in the joint especially under any sort of loading and Swelling and redness around the affected joints.

To reduce these symptoms you can use Anti-TNF medications which have proved very useful but in the UK the governing body for the NHS medications; “NICE” have said that due to the high cost-About £10,000 per patient- these are only to be used if disease modifying agents have failed. Much cheaper alternatives are :- Warmth applied locally; Use of “TENS” machine to control pain; Diet cutting out stimulants and increasing “fish oils”; Glucosamine; Pain killer medication; Acupuncture to relieve immediate pain; Relaxation techniques; Yoga to keep what flexibility you have and to gradually and gently improve on this; Exercise, especially walking and swimming.

Surgery to replace the actual joints is a last resort and despite many improvements over the last few years, still contains a degree of risk.
If you have severe Arthritis and have not been able to do any exercise, start very slowly and gradually build up, persevere without over doing it.
In Magnetic Therapy it is important to use magnets locally so Magnetic Support wraps should be used around the affected Joints i.e shoulder wraps, Neck supports, knee supports etc. During the night time the use of magnets in your bedding (Magnetic pillows Overlays with magnets positioned in them) will ensure circulation keeps going at its best possible level even when you are in full resting mode.

Arthritis in the hands and fingers need the support from the flexible thumb/wrist wrap-which has magnets built into it.. Copper bracelets, with or without magnets have been claimed to cure arthritis but they are best used as a preventative rather than an attempt to repair damage. They can improve circulation to fingers but should not be expected to be the only treatment for sever or long standing conditions. Get the cause of the pain checked professionally then seek to use remedial actions with as little side effects as possible. Magnetic Therapy is the best non-invasive therapy with no adverse side effects

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments that affect people. While it is most common in those over 60 years old it can affect any one at any age. Being over weight and under active seems to increase the chance of suffering from it. “Old” injuries, which you may have recovered from and forgotten about, can often be the location for arthritis. Further information and supplies of the Magnetic Therapy wraps can be obtained from the UK’s leading supplier of Magnetic health care products

Author's Bio: 

Born 16/2/42 Educated at Technical High School and Colleges.
GCE (Maths Physics and English) ONC and NVQ qualifications in engineering and
Having trained as a technical engineer in electro magnetic motors I then spent many years studying, with the leading teachers of the time, holistic forms of health care. Including Shiatsu and Acupuncture. In the later part of this time I started to investigate the use of magnets as part of health care
I have treated thousands of patients using this experience and knowledge; I have worked in drug and alcohol abuse and at large private holistic clinics.
I worked in various industrial management roles including costing/ estimating and sales.
1983/4 studied Shiatsu at the East West Centre in London and continued studies with Harold Dull, Waturi Ohashi, Yamomoto etc
1984 to 1986 studied massage/ anatomy/ physiology/ acupuncture and homoeopathy with the Association of Natural Medicines.
1986 and on going started to study the effects of magnetism and energies in the human healing process.
All studies are on going, each treatment teaches a little more, each lecture and each conversation adds to the total stock of knowledge.
Was one of the earliest members of the Shiatsu Society in the UK and a founder member of the Suffolk and North Essex Shiatsu Association.
Organizer of the first East Anglian exhibitions of Natural Medicine
Co started the Green Lodge Centre for Integrated Medicines
Worked for 3 years at the Colchester Open Road drug and alcohol treatment centre the 3rd year as full time therapy co-ordinator
Taught Shiatsu at The Colchester Institute (a regional College of Anglian Polytechnic University)
Was an elected director of the Shiatsu Society for 2 years
Manager of Shiatsu International.
Now retired from providing treatments that incorporate Shiatsu, Acupressure, Magnet Therapy, Moxibustion and advice on herbal, flower and homoeopathic remedies.
I have developed an on line course of instruction in Magnetic Therapy
Author of books on the I Ching and Magnet Therapy ( The practical guide to magnet
therapy pub Godsfield Press and Magnet healing pub Time Life.) but now concentrating on the “on line magnetic therapy course” and working on other books