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AS it Goes – Massage is Not Therapy

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Many people with arthritis use massage therapy to help alleviate their aches and pains. Massage soothes sore joints and muscles and over the long term, it may improve your range of motion, reduce stiffness and lessen the anxiety associated with living with chronic pain.

When you have ankylosing spondylitis (AS), it’s important to know—in advance—what kind of massage would suit you the best. If you are in remission, for instance, the massage can be a little more aggressive with more pressure applied to muscles. In general, it is advised that AS’ers should ask for a soft tissue massage with light kneading, vibration, and some stretching and long soothing strokes. Continue reading

Research shows arthritis medication may slow Alzheimer’s

Brain xrayA recent research from the University of Southampton shows that the arthritis medication, etanarcept (Enbrel®), may slow Alzheimer’s disease. The research was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Denmark last week.

In the small control study, a group of 41 patients exhibiting mild or moderate Alzheimer’s was given either the anti-inflammatory medication etanercept or a placebo every week over a period of six months.

Researchers monitored memory function in patients and found that the efficiency of day-to-day activities and behaviour and the symptoms of those who had taken etanercept did not get any worse. In comparison, the placebo group showed signs of decline in memory function.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, lead researcher, Professor Clive Holmes, said:

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AS it Goes – Sleep, Gentle Sleep

Clock that says "Time for bed!"

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”To sleep, perchance to Dream; Aye, there’s the rub”
Shakespeare’s Hamlet (Act 111, Scene 1)

This line is part of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy “To be, or not to be” and illustrates how Hamlet’s sleep was fraught with tortured dreams over the murder of his father and other heinous deeds. It appears that the universal preoccupation with getting a peaceful sleep was as much a common concern over 400 years ago as it is for people today. Continue reading

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 25: To volley or futevolei

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 25: To volley or futevolei

To celebrate the end of the quarterfinals in the World Cup,  #Goals4Arthritis took a break yesterday. We continue our goals today with two exciting sports commonly found in the beaches of Brazil - volleyball and futevolei. Futevolei is a sport born on the beaches of Copacabana in the 1960s.

To enjoy the beach or lakeshore today, #Goals4Arthritis wants you to play volleyball or futevolei.

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Futevolei, like beach volleyball, features a pair of competitors on each side of the volleyball net. Unlike volleyball, futevolei is played without the use of hands. Creativity is the key to success – players can use their feet, shoulders, chests, heads, and anything else that would be legal on a soccer field to get the ball back over the net.

Futevolei has grown in popularity and is now played around the world. Click here to observe how futevolei is played.

Fortuntaely there are ways for volleyball or fetevolei enthusiasts to enjoy the game even if they have arthritis.

 Kevin Plancher, M.D., a leading NY-area orthopaedist, sports medicine expert and an official orthopaedic surgeon with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, suggests the following:

  • Cross train with muscle strengthening training to help avoid injury.
  • Do sports specific exercises for volleyball which will help stabilize the wing bone.
  • Avoid playing volleyball if you are not fully recovered from an injury.

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 21: Art for arthritis’ sake

#Goals4Arthritis – Goal 21: Art for arthritis’ sake

As the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Brazil is known for its dynamic and vibrant arts. Brazil’s distinctive styles of art, include the creative choreography of the Samba Schools, the elaborate custom tailored costumes of traditional dancers, the continuous rhythm and beat of the African, European, and Amerindian influenced music, and the street arts of Brazil.

Today’s #Goals4Arthritis is to stimulate your mind and express your artistic personality.

#Goals4Arthritis BannerStreet arts – graffiti – are one way for Brazilians to voice their opinions. Some of the street arts for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ are positive and focus on the patriotic support of Brazil while others show admiration for famous footballers around the world. Yet many more are political in its messaging.

How can we use the power of artistic expression convey the story of arthritis?

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