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Arachnoiditis - treat your pain with Spinal Touch
Looking to find an alternative treatment for Arachnoiditis?Spinal Touch Therapy is an ideal, reliable, safe treatment for Arachnoiditis
What is Arachnoiditis?
Arachnoiditis is a neuropathic disease caused by inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the three membranes that surrounds and protects the nerves of the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. The middle element of the meninges is the arachnoid mater, so named because of its spider web-like appearance. It provides a cushioning effect for the central nervous system.
The arachnoid tissue can become severely inflamed because of adverse reactions to chemicals, infection from bacteria or viruses, as the result of direct injury to the spine, chronic compression of spinal nerves, or complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures.
Inflammation can sometimes lead to the formation of scar tissue and adhesion that can make the spinal nerves "stick" together, causing constant irritation and scarring. This can be extremely painful, especially in last stage adhesive arachnoiditis, which may then cause irreversible nerve damage around the spine. This means that although clinical findings such as MRI may not find much evidence, the patient may still experience great pain.
Unfortunately, for the sufferer, this disease is not only permanent, but may be extraordinarily painful for some people according to the extent of nerve damage.
What are the symptoms of arachnoiditis?
Arachnoid inflammation can lead to many painful and debilitating symptoms. The most commonly associated symptom of arachnoiditis is chronic pain, which varies in severity. Sitting, standing or walking for lengthy periods of time becomes unbearably painful, and wheelchairs don't seem to be very helpful. In addition to chronic pain, numbness or a tingling sensation of the extremities are notable problems for some people, as is a severe stinging and burning pain. Bowel, bladder, and sexual function can be affected if the lower part of the spinal cord is affected, as can the legs, feet and lower back.
What are the main causes of arachnoiditis?
• Surgery induced trauma
• Multiple lumbar punctures
• Advanced stenosis
• Chronic degenerative disc disease
• Contrast dye examinations (Myelograms)
• Viral and fungal meningitis
What treatments are available for arachnoiditis?
This disease is currently considered a permanent affliction, and all existing attempts at therapy revolve around trying to reduce the pain. Pain management techniques may provide some relief to patients and these will likely include things like; NSAIDs, corticosteroids (orally or injected), anti-spasm drugs, anti-convulsants (to help with the burning pain), and in some cases, narcotic pain relievers.
Steroid injections, administered either intrathecally or epidurally have been linked as a cause of the disease, therefore they are generally discouraged as a treatment and may even worsen the condition. Hydrotherapy, massage, and hot/cold therapy are among the beneficial physical therapies, but care with temperatures is paramount, as many patients are temperature sensitive. Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) macnines can be useful, but the effect is usually short lived.
Why do you think Spinal Touch would be beneficial for arachnoiditis?
Mainly because arachnoiditis, at whatever severity in the sufferer, besides the obvious nerve pain, causes tension and stress in the muscles. Pain causes muscles to tense up, burn, pull, tingle, shout and it can feel like internal sunburn. In turn the muscles pull on joints and bone, causing distortion in the body, that sets up a secondary form of stress, bringing on yet more pain and tension from the body being out of alignment and distorted one way or another. The point is, the muscles don't do that on their own, they need a trigger.
Prolonged muscle tension sets you up for exhaustion, in the muscles themselves and in the body as a whole. Prolonged pain very often causes depression and a loss of hope. Prolonged stress due to muscle tension also often causes depression and a loss of hope.
Any kind of physical therapy that purports to treat arachnoiditis must be gentle, whether we are talking about physiotherapy, massage, hydrotherapy or cognitive techniques, otherwise the vigorous nature of these treatments in less experienced hands may precipitate a flare-up.
SPINAL TOUCH is VERY GENTLE, in fact, probably one of the most gentle treatments I have in my repertoire. The power of Spinal Touch comes from its ability to relax the muscles that control movement and thus aid efficient blood flow through the muscle, and a return of joints to their proper aligned position. Often muscle pain during tension, whether induced through nerve damage, exercise or body distortion, causes oxygen starvation, which the body to registers as pain.
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My recommendation to you is give Spinal Touch a try. Please don't ever think there is nothing more you can do. There is always hope that taking action can make the difference. Have you tried Spinal Touch before? No? Even if everyone around you is advising you to throw tablets at it, remember they only MASK the pain, they don't do anything to change your state, nor do they do anything to address the depression and anxiety. Allow your instinct to lead you toward a gentle physical approach. The relaxation induced postural re-alignment afforded by Spinal Touch Therapy, will help with the stress and tightness surrounding the neck, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae, which will help to reduce the pain. If this idea resonates with you, and you fancy giving this a try, I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for a private consultation and course of treatment. Click the link for appointments and a treatment price list. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.
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Note: DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
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