Arthritis and Pain and Inflammation

Apparently, arthritis is really a somewhat generic term for joint pain or joint disease.  Some research list upwards of 100 types of arthritis.  And statistically it is the leading cause of disability in the United States with more than 15% of the population suffering from it.  Different types will obviously have different causes.  Inflammatory arthritis can be the result of a messed up auto-immune system.  Immune system attacking the joints and the inflammation getting out of hand.  Causing more and more pain.  Then there is infectious arthritis; this caused by virus, bacteria or fungus having gotten in the system somehow.  Triggers the auto immune system again creating inflammation and swelling.  The most common is osteoarthritis.  The degeneration of the cartilage protection the joints, causing the bones to run together causing pain and difficulty of movement.  More pain.  

arthritic pain

Causes can be many.  Poor diet, lack of exercise, weight gain, genetics, past injuries, age, disease and environmental factors such as mold.  Some related conditions are gout, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.

If you have come to this website then you may have already been diagnosed with arthritis or you are just manifesting some of the symptoms.  Some of these being: stiffness in the joints, pain, swelling, reduced motion.  We can help with some of those but please note we are helping with symptom relief, we are not healing anything.

There are numerous remedies for the pain and swelling of the different types of arthritis.  Drugs, improved diet, exercise including yoga.  Various creams and linements that can be used topically for relief.  Often heat and cold are recommended together although some people do better with one or the other not both.  Heat is not generally recommended for inflammation but I've had lots of people tell me that they respond well to heat for pain caused by inflammation.  A lot of pain creams have heat with help with the circulation amongst other things.

If you are using our Snap Heat Packs for pain, you can use in conjunction with a cold remedy or on its own.

The Snap Heat Pack heats up very quickly and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes or more depending on the size and if wrapped to keep the heat in or not.  Some people can tolerate it on bare skin but most will want to have some sort of fabric between the pack and the skin for at least the first 10-15 minutes.  Be careful.  If you are going to alternate a couple of times between cold and heat and you are using the same pack, you will have lost some heat by the time you get to the second use.  If you have a couple of packs, it will be easier to switch out.  If you are using morning and night for example, you can just boil them for a few minutes after use and they will be ready for the evening or later in the day when cooled.  (Check the Instructions page.)

We also carry an excellent Muscle & Joint Cream for pain.  Made in Canada and certified 100% natural by Health Canada.
You can find out more on this here: Purchase Muscle & Joint Formula