Drug-Free Alternatives to Reducing Arthritis Pain

Drug-Free Alternatives to Reducing Arthritis Pain

Contributed by Mark Callanen, PT, DPT, OCS and Perry Nickelston DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a debilitating joint condition that effects more than 27 million individuals in the United States.1 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 80% of patients with OA have some limitation of mobility, while 25% are unable to perform the activities of daily living (ADLs)2. Osteoarthritis is thought of as “wear and tear” arthritis and is caused by prolonged, abnormal stress on joints that leads to the breakdown of cartilage on joint surfaces. This is often associated with increased pain while performing daily activities.

The Value of Organic

Have you ever wondered… Why Bother Buying Organic?

  • Food has changed greatly over the last few decades. Not only has the quality of food declined, but also the way in which we treat the plants we grow has made a drastic switch.
  • Farmers used to grow crops in a way that would preserve the nutrients of soil, rotating crops in order to replenish nutrients that had been taken up. However, with mass consumption due to increases in population and the amount of food that each person eats, for larger farms this is not done. Therefore chemicals are added to the soil in the form of toxic fertilizers to try and add nutrients back in. 
  • These fertilizers are most often either commercially prepared, or come directly from livestock; which both have environmental and health consequences.