weather related joint pain by Dr Les Bailey Phd,DO,acopm,apta ( int part )
There is no doubt that the weather plays a part in many peoples increase in joint pain, and what can we do about it from a physical therapy point of view? By Dr Les Bailey phd,DO ,acopm,apta (int part )..Les Bailey orthotics articles, woodmansterne,
By: Dr Les Bailey, orthotics,woodmansterne/Banstead
Much modern research has been done on the link between barometric pressure and an increase of pain in joints with arthritis, or post trauma injury.
Hippocrates first noted changes in pain with weather change as early as 400 BC, but the annals of chinese medicine note descriptions of this phenomena far earlier in history.
Many patients complain of the increase in pain levels concentrated on the joint in question whenever it is damp or cold, and indeed many say their joints act as a "barometer" literally warning them of cold or rainy fronts approaching.
The perception of many people is that this is rooted in folk lore , but much scientific research has been done on this topic, and there is no doubt of it afecting many sufferers.
My earliest experience of seeing this was in the early 1980,s when a good friend had severe ankle pain upon approach of rain and cold.
She consulted a vietnamese acupuncturist I worked alongside, Dr Nguyen Bich, who advised applying a chinese oil called wong lop kong to the ankle once or twice a day. He explained that the oils heating properties would act as a barrier against the invasion of cold and damp.
This worked surprisingly well and the ankle remained pain free throughout all weathers.
I incorporate the use of heating oils and balms on my own patients with great success.
I use various oils when I treat the spine or joints, my favourite being" Dharasana malis tel", an Indian ayurvedic favourite . I use rather alot of this oil so tend to buy in bulk from "indian grocers online" who sell it for around half the price of other retailers.
Wong lop kong is also a favourite of mine for joints as a rubbing oil.
One can also make a reasonably priced heating massage oil by mixing eucalyptus oil into mustard oil.Mustard oil can be bought from Indian goods suppliers and is reasonably priced to use.
If you incorporate heating oils into your treatment of patients with osteoarthritis / spondylitis, you will enjoy much better results from your work, and your patients will benefit far more long term.
About Dr Les Bailey phd,DO, acopm.apta(int part)
Dr Les Bailey orthotic articles, Woodmansterne, Banstead, Surrey
Direct phone number 07801418080
Dr Les Bailey began in physical therapies in 1981,qualifying in remedial massage,and later going on to qualify as an osteopath.
He gained his phd from OIUCM for a thesis on the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
He was awarded a teaching/lecturing diploma from the northern school of osteopaths in 1993.
He also holds a diploma in foot biomechanics .
Dr Les Bailey works from his clinic near Woodmansterne, Banstead in surrey.
Dr Les Bailey is author of "the laymans guide to foot and heel pain"
copyright Dr Les Bailey 2012
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