As we age it seems that the functions and physiological reactions of the body start to slow down and that, as a result, degenerative changes occur. When this occurs in the bones, we have arthritis. Let’s look at osteoarthritis from this perspective—as a typical degenerative condition.
As we grow older, bones suffer modifications of their shape, degree of calcification and structure. The cartilages start to wear down and the joint space (the space between two bones) will progressively narrow. In advanced cases there is a complete loss of the cushioning cartilage. Bone spurs and scleroses (hardening of the joint tissue) are also present, caused by chronic inflammation and destruction of the cartilages.
These changes lead to symptoms such as pain, inflammation and limited mobility. At first glance you may say that arthritis simply affects the joints—in other words, your physical health. But is this really true? Let’s see.
You are unable to move freely so you start exercising less. You have difficulty managing your work and house chores, and start spending more time alone rather than socialising with your family and friends. The pain deeply affects your thoughts and emotions so you become unhappy and start to neglect your goals and dreams. When you are in pain the last thing that comes into your mind is to find or pursue your purpose in life!
The conclusion is simple: physical, mental/emotional and spiritual health are all connected. You have to be healthy at all levels in order to experience true wellness.
Dr Marcus Chacos
Chiropractor and Founder of the Natural Treatment of Arthritis Institute
Author of The Arthritis Soluitonwww.natural-treatment-of-arthritis-institute.com.au