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Rheumatism is a general term used to denote any disorder which causes pain and aching in the muscles and bones. The term is used by the layman, rather than the professional, and covers a large number of medical conditions in which sufferers experience pain and stiffness in various parts of the body and, if symptoms are confined to the joints, arthritis.  It can occur at any age although it is more common in the elderly.


As the term 'rheumatism' is a catch-all word, the causes of it are diverse. However, conditions which may be present with the symptoms above include: Fibrosis's or Fibromyalgia, Polymyalgia rheumatic and temporal arthritis, Poliomyelitis, Endocrine disorders, and Vitamin D deficiency.

When to seek further professional advice

If you think you might have Rheumatism you should consult your doctor so that he may treat it appropriately.

Alternative Treatment

Rolfing: may help by enabling joints to move by working on surrounding soft tissue structures and by boosting overall circulation.
Reflexology: Treatment would be overall, with special attention paid to the reflexes relating to the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, solar plexus, as well as specific areas relating to the affected joints. Other therapies include: Acupuncture, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Homeopathy, Aromatherapy, Colour Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Radionics, Chiropractic Treatment, Western Herbalism, and Polarity therapy

Traditional Treatment

Most Rheumatic conditions will respond to anti-inflammatory painkillers and heat treatment. Anti-rheumatic drugs may slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis. Steroid injections into inflamed joints or tendons may reduce swelling and provide relief from severe symptoms.

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Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00