Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joint. Anyone can get arthritis and though it is often thought of as a disease of the older population, it does occur in children and young adults.
There are over 100 different forms of arthritis but the most common is Osteoarthritis followed by Rheumatoid Arthritis. Osteoarthritis involves the breakdown of the cartilage padding of the joints and the failure of tendons and ligaments to support muscles and bones.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammation (swelling of synovial lining of the joint with pain, stiffness and damage to bone and cartilage. It is an auto-immune system disease where the body’s own immune system attacks its organs – in this case the tissues of the joints.
Keeping joints flexible and mobile is the core treatment for people with Osteoarthritis. Heat helps to relieve aching pain and assists in keep joints warm and flexible and is a treatment option recommended In conjunction with light exercise.