Our Valley Santa Clarita 2017 October - Page 8

Arthritis Relief with Acupuncture Most people are familiar with the term arthritis, which may conjure up images of twisted, knobby fingers or achy knees, but did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis? Dr. Randy Martin For many people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs of arthritis as joints naturally degenerate over time. Fortunately, arthritis can frequently be managed with acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) - a chronic, autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks joint tissue. The synovial fluid that encases the joints thickens due to inflammation. This can cause pain and structural deformities. Other symptoms include fatigue and fever. Osteoarthritis (OA) - also called degenerative joint disease. When cartilage, the protective cushioning found between the bones, starts eroding away, symptoms of OA may result. This can cause pain, visible swelling and difficulty moving the afflicted joint. Psoriatic arthritis - an inflammatory arthritis associated with the skin condition psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks the skin. Th R7B67F26VFRB7vVƖr&VFW72fFwVR@6WfW&R66W2&W7VB֗76VG2vRV6GRb'F&F22fW'FffW&VB6W6W2&6f7F'2BVffV7G2FR&GFWgFV6&R67FӢW'67FVBBgFVFR&V67F2V""vf&RWr2'fW2FW72W'fFrFR &Vf&R&7F&fW'W6r'F&F2G2"7G&W72G&vvW"7F2FW"FW2FRW7B6W6R&V2ח7FW'vWfW"GFW"FR&v7WV7GW&RB&VFVF6R6VFv62BG&VFVBb'F&F2vF7WV7GW&RB&VFVF6P66&FrF&VFVF6FV''F&F2&6W2vVFR76Ɩ6frbVW&wFRW&F2&V6W2&6V@&W7VFr6&VW72V&W72B7FffW72F2&6vR26VB&7G&RB27V66W76gVǒG&VFVBW6r6&FbG&VFVBFƗFW2FR7WV7GW&RG2BW&'2FB&RW6VBFWVBvWFW"FRVFW&ǖp6W6RbFR&6vRb'F&F226W6VB'vB6BFW72"FֆVB7WV7GW&RB&VFVF6RFG&VBFR7V6f27F2FB&RVVRFV6FfGVW6rf&WG`FV6VW27V627WV7GW&R&Gv&ƖfW7GRFWF'&V6VFF2BVW&vWF2WW&66W2F&W7F&P&6W2fVBFR&GFW&Vf&Rb3FVG2&RG&VFVBvF&VFVF6Rf"BV6bFVv&V6VfRVVR7W7F֗VBG&VFVBVFFFV&r7WV7GW&R6&R6'&FVBFW"G&VFVBf"'F&F2G'&G'Fv6Хt\*U"dU4D4$D