35 Chesswood Road
Tel 01903 230066
Acupuncture is also an excellent way of reducing pain and discomfort from painful, inflamed and arthritic joints and muscles.
The two most common types of arthritis are degenerative e.g. osteoarthritis and inflammatory e.g. rheumatoid arthritis.
Advice on exercises, acupuncture and physical treatments, such as chiropractic, can often help relieve some of the pains but great help can also be found by making some dietary changes and from taking certain supplements.
There are several supplements available and it can be difficult to choose. Taking them all is rarely an option that people can afford or tolerate but there are some products, which try to combine the benefits of several in one easy formula. Over the next few weeks I hope to cover the majority of these but for now I will mention Glucosamine, which probably is the most well known. However, I have found that the majority of my patients underdose and therefore miss out on the potential benefits.
Glucosamine is essential for maintaining joint cartilage. It is produced by the body but with progressing age the demand often outweighs the production. There are no edible sources and it is commonly derived from the shells of shellfish. Studies on Glucosamine Sulphate have shown it to be effective in knee arthritis and it also has been found at least as effective as Ibuprofen in relieving different types of arthritis. A long term daily dose of 1500 mg of glucosamine sulphate is the most cost effective. An initial loading dose of 3000 mg daily over three to four weeks often produces the quickest result. To date we have not found a product that provides these sort of doses in one capsule or tablet (at least not one small enough for human consumption) so read the label and work out how many you need to take of your supplement.
At Park View Acupuncture and Chiropractic Clinic we stock three high quality glucosamine sulphate products, all from Lamberts Healthcare:
Glucosamine Sulphate (750mg per tablet) 120 Tablets at £9.50 (RRP £12.50)
Glucosamine QCV (combination product) (750mg per tablet) 120 Tablets at £10.00 (RRP £12.95)
Glucosamine Complete (combination product) (500mg per tablet) 120 Tablets at £12.00 (RRP £14.95)
We can supply similar product from Nutri, but only to order.
Please make sure to check for updates......