Hot sand baths – psammotherapy – in rheumatoid arthritis. Is there any evidence?

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psammotherapy arthritis, sand therapy, complementary therapy arthritis Psammotherapy is a traditional practice in which hot sand baths are used for therapeutic purposes and there is some suggestion that it may be of benefit to people with rheumatic conditions. Continue reading

Mindfulness eases chronic pain says new research

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mindfulness, chronic pain, CBT pain, pain therapy, arthritis therapyWe could all do with a little more mindfulness in our lives, but people with chronic pain should prioritise the technique following a study published in Evidence Based Mental Health. Continue reading

Look out for diabetes symptoms when on rheumatoid arthritis treatment

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arthritis and diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis diabetes, arthritis digest, arthritis supportSome rheumatoid arthritis drugs may increase the risk of diabetes, says new research in PLoS ONE, highlighting that monitoring diabetes indicators should be part of routine rheumatoid arthritis management. Continue reading

Spinal fusion procedures questioned by global task force

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spinal fusion, vertebroplasty, balloon kyphoplastyThere is little to no evidence that two surgical procedures used to fuse crumbled vertebrae after a spinal fracture caused by osteoporosis reduce pain any better than non-surgical or placebo procedures, according to a new report in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. Continue reading

Positive self-belief is key to shoulder pain recovery says new UK research

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shoulder pain, self belief, pain free shoulder, shoulder arthritis, shoulder pain recoveryPeople are more likely to recover from shoulder pain if they have the confidence to carry on doing most things despite their pain, according to new research from the University of Hertfordshire and the University of East Anglia. Continue reading

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