Osteoarthritis and degenerative conditions

Osteoarthritis tends to occur in women over 50 with obesity but not exclusively. It's considered a degenerative disorder in which pain is produced by damage and wear and tear to bone and cartilage. However, in recent years it has become clear that osteoarthritis is not restricted to cartilage damage, but is a failure of the entire joint, along with inflammation -- the body's response to stress, sustained and buried trauma and injury. What is not often talked about is the various levels of spinal misalignment that will be present, particularly in the cervical and upper thoracic spine. This over time affects CSF flow to the brain. Most people with osteoarthritis will have a marked curvature or hunch in the shoulders and upper thoracic spine as a result of prolonged misuse of their body, posture, trauma, curving in and protecting of the heart space etc.

Osteoarthritis is not restricted to cartilage damage, but is a failure of the entire joint, along with inflammation -- the body's response to stress, sustained and buried trauma and injury.

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis in the world with 18 per cent of women and 9.6 per cent of men aged 60 years and over being diagnosed with this painful condition.

True numbers are likely to be higher than that as the global burden of osteoarthritis has been much under-estimated.

By 2050 an estimated 130 million people will suffer with osteoarthritis placing a substantial burden on health services. Currently there is no effective treatment for this painful ailment, with only painkillers available to treat symptoms and no known cure.

Questions to ask:

How can the root causes of degenerative conditions at such a fundamental structural level be identified and resolved? Furthermore, how does this relate to the person's belief system and self embodiment? What is actually degenerating in the person's heart, life and sense of self and what do they need in order to build themselves up from within, believe in themselves again and access a renewed flow and vitality? What is gradually being worn away within them and why? How can they become more aware of themselves and their unconscious inner turmoil that is grating away at their own inner support network and structure? No chronic condition exists without corresponding self limiting beliefs, trauma and pain within.

When inflammation occurs during osteoarthritis, the body produces an increased number of cells within and around the joint. These cells release inflammatory substances into the synovial fluid, the lubricant that allows joints to move smoothly. During osteoarthritis, synovial fluid becomes less viscous and these inflammatory substances come into direct contact with sensory nerve cells in the joint, producing the sensation of pain.

In the largest, most up to date study of its kind, researchers from the University of Surrey examined the link between diet and the effective self-management of osteoarthritis.

The physical structure is the base level of consciousness. Degradation at this level makes it incredibly difficult to build, the foundation of the body and spirit is the skeletal system. When joints are affected the whole spine will compensate. Over time this will affect tissues and visceral functioning.

“Degenerative” conditions like osteoarthritis require radical and deep transformation at a holistic level including diet, mobility, stress factors, somatic connection, posture, spinal health and alignment and inner work on the subconscious beliefs pertaining to self worth, regeneration of self and creative fluidity.

Diet can support recovery but lifestyle changes need to be implemented alongside trauma healing

Analysing 68 previous studies in the field, researchers found that a low-dose supplement of fish oil (one and a half standard capsules) could result in pain reduction for patients with osteoarthritis and help improve their cardiovascular health. Essential fatty acids in fish oil reduce inflammation in joints, helping to alleviate pain.

An increase in foods rich in vitamin K such as kale, spinach and parsley was also found to deliver benefits to patients with osteoarthritis. Vitamin K is needed for vitamin-K-dependent (VKD) proteins, which are found in bone and cartilage. An inadequate intake of the vitamin adversely affects the working of the protein, affecting bone growth and repair and increasing the risk of osteoarthritis.

Sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis.Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage, but particularly broccoli. Previous research has suggested that sulforaphane has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, but this is the first major study into its effects on joint health.

Healing is possible if people are willing to deepen beyond the physical symptoms and address the root causes and contributing factors that THEY are creating

Healing is possible if someone is willing to address the cluster of symptoms, understand their own creation and recognise and address the root causes that underlie a label such as osteoarthritis and fundamentally rewrite their identity and lifestyle. This requires the earlier questions to be actively explored and addressed and change to be implemented consistently. This leads to a profound shift in structure, spinal health, fluid flow regeneration and consciousness.

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