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Posted by: Chris Plumtree (Web Administrator), 29 Nov 2007 10:34AM
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Student Nurse Requires Help

Hello This is a message from a Student Nurse looking for some help. I was wondering if you could help me please. I am a 3rd year student nurse. As part of our final exams we need to produce a group presentation comparing one traditional approach with a non-traditional approach to managing chronic pain in rheuamtoid arthritis sufferers. I was wondering if you would be able to offer us any advice as we would like to use one complementary therapy as our non-traditional approach. Obviously we would like to do more than just one area but we are limited with time contraints. I would be grateful for your advice as to which is the best complementary therapy to feature in our presentation in terms of efficacy and research available. Kerry Please post all replys as a post on the forum for Kerry to view. Thank you.


Ann Shaw
29 Nov 2007 11:35AM

Hi Kerry, I wonder whether acupuncture may be an area for you to investigate. My mother used to swear by it for the pain in her knees. Best wishes Ann
Angela Rawlins
29 Nov 2007 7:47PM

Hi Kerry My dear mother, suffered for many years with rheumatoid arthritis unfortunately passed away recently. What I hadn't realised was that the aorta is made also of collagen which deteriorates like the joints and she had an anuerism. Any way, I would have thought acupuncture but, the person is in a huge amount of pain with inflammation and needles can be painful. I have had acupuncture. I would think massage with aromatherapy oils. Warm oils, and massage to help get the muscles eased and also with the correct oils will promote relaxation and relieve stiffness. I had given my mum Reflexology, but really gentle massage like treatment. Also I'm a Reiki master, so, also healing. Regards
Elaine Cawkwell
1 Dec 2007 3:40PM

Hi everyone, How about Bioflow / magnetic therapy as a non intrusive alternative method? I have heard good feed back from this as a short term relief. That could be an alternative to mention,would be great for you to do the write up on how it works with the ions of the body tissues? just a thought, other than massage wink wink. Elaine
Angela Rawlins
2 Dec 2007 10:59AM

Elaine Good point, I forgot that one. I'm a Norstar Biomagnetic therapist. I did give my mum a magnetic pad that she could sit on and she said that it helped. How ever, being a 'magnetic therapist, there are concerns to take into consideration when treating a client with them. To be honest, there will not be dramatic instantaneous results and there fore it depends on what Ann wants to demonstrate.
Gillian Kenyon
2 Dec 2007 2:09PM

For the past 5 years The H Club's practitioners have worked with over 120 elderly people in 10 sheltered accomodation units. Most of whom range from in excess of 70 years of age to 99+. We used to work with each group fortnightly but sadly now work monthly due to funding restrictions. During this time, despite the medical treatment and use of anti-inflamatory drugs of these clients not having been changed during the period we have been working, we have had demonstrable success using aromatherapy blended creams for hand massage of those with arthritis. We have had controls in place, using aqueous cream in some cases and the aromatherapy blends in others. Working with those suffering chronic arthritis and working with those who don't suffer from this highly painful and potentially crippling condition. We have designed and combined certain hand exercise regimens along with the hand massage and have been immensely rewarded when people who could not move a digit finally show us how they can straighten and re bend without undue pain. We were encouraged when working at the 3rd World Congress of the World Institute of Pain in Barcelona in September 2004. Practitioner members of The H Club were priveledged to be able to talk and give therapy treatments to many of the leading medical consultants specialising in Pain Practice who attended this conference. We discussed the findings that now a days the management of painful conditions, including arthritis, involves a multi-disciplinary approach. The complementary medicines involved are first of all acupuncture, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), hypnosis, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and chiropractic and osteopathy. Evidence is building but we have been pleasantly surprised by the effects our fourth age clients have reported as a result of our sessions. In terms of desktop research, may I refer you to the following papers: 1. Vincent Ca et al. The evaluatiuon of therapeutic acupuncture: concepts and methods. Pain 1986: 24: 1-13 2. Carson et al. Acupuncture and the subtypes of chronic pain: assessment of long term results. Clin J Pain 1994, 10: 290-5 3. Thomas M. Does acupuncture work? Pain Clinical updates 1996, 4(3): 1-9Meyler WJ et al. Clinical evaluation of pain treatment with electrostimulation: a study on TENS in patients with different pain syndromes Clin J Pain 1994, 10(1): 22-7 4. Buckle J. Use of aromatherapy as a complementary treatment for chronic pain. Altern Ther health Med 1999, 5(5): 42-51 Hope this helps.
Angela Rawlins
2 Dec 2007 5:06PM

Thank you Gillian, very interesting reading. My mother, unfortunately was too far gone with rheumatoid arthritis to benefit towards the end and too frail. Very much worth all the publicity and research, particularly nasty ailment.
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