Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a form of inflammatory arthritis commonly found in the joints of fingers, hands, knees and feet. The exact cause of RA is not yet completely understood but what is known is that the body’s immune system seems to play a role in causing inflammation and joint damage. Normally our immunity attacks foreign substance like viruses and bacteria but in the case of RA, the body mistakenly attacks joints. The tissue that surrounds these joints acts as a lubrication for our joints giving us freedom of movement, but when under attack the tissue begins to thicken and become inflamed or swollen thereby hindering movement.1
Women seem to bear the brunt of the disorder as they account for around 70% of people affected. Evidence suggests that genes, hormones and environmental factors may also be a determining factor.2
Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis include:
As swelling and inflammation are common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is recommended to assist the body in decreasing the swelling and inflammation of the troubled area. Bexters soda crystals are a naturally hygroscopic remedy, meaning the sodium decahydrate crystals can absorb or draw out moisture from a localized area providing swelling relief. When applying the soda crystals directly to the affected area using a purpose-made Bexters application wrap or poultice, the soda crystals can assist in drawing out the build-up of fluid and help to reduce inflammation naturally. Bexters has specially designed application hand mitts with RA sufferers in mind, easy to use they are a great option for anyone experiencing limited hand movement and make it easy to apply treatment directly to the hand joints. These purpose made application wraps are also extremely useful when treating common sports injuries, such as runner's knee pain or tennis elbow relief.
To help counter the discomfort often experienced by Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers, Bexters also offers a range of IRONMAN triathlon gear. These official product partner items include transdermal magnesium oil spray, made to provide adequate natural inflammation relief. Magnesium has shown signs of being an efficient anti-oxidant which is why it may help slow oxidative stress which causes tissue damage around joints resulting in RA.3
The deficiency of magnesium has proven to slow or prevent the absorption of calcium which is vital for developing and repairing bones. When calcium absorption is hindered, it may stagnate on the soft tissue of joints thereby irritating the area which may lead to the body’s immune system attacking the area and promoting the onset of RA.3 Regularly applying Magnesium to the afflicted area may indeed help to relieve the pain associated with RA but also act as a promoter of anti-inflammatories. 3
Alternatively, a warm hand or foot soak using Bexters soda crystals in a Bexters inflatable footbath is another great way to assist with relieving the discomforts of Rheumatoid Arthritis and helping to reduce the inflammation.
1. ArthritisFoundation. (2017). What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Retrieved from Arthritis.org: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/rheumatoid-arthritis/what-is-rheumatoid-arthritis.php
2. ArthritisFoundation. (2017). Rheumatoid Arthritis Causes. Retrieved from Arthritis.org: https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/rheumatoid-arthritis/causes.php
3. Natural Arthritis Treatments (2018). 4 Benefits of Magnesium For Arthritis. Retrieved from naturalarthritistreatments.net: https://www.naturalarthritistreatments.net/arthritis-in-general/magnesium-for-arthritis