For people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, treatments involving Direct Myofascial Release (DMFR) have shown to be effective in re-establishing mobility and reducing the stress that can otherwise trigger a flare up of the condition. Flare ups are often experienced as pain associated with swelling and local restriction of joints, muscles, and soft connective tissues.
The current understanding is that within the fasciae are sensory receptors of nerve cells that stimulate action of a muscle, organ, or body part. The sensory neurons become larger and more irritable when an inflammatory response occurs, causing pain.
DMFR is indicated in the subacute (when the joints are not too swollen or painful) phase of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients and it can aid in the increasing mobility and the health of the soft tissues surrounding the joints.
In my clinical experience with clients with Rheumatoid Arthritis the common response to a DMFR treatment is a relaxation of the surrounding tissues that takes about 3 days, with up to 2 weeks of symptom reduction making the pain manageable.
My clinical pursuit of finding relief for my clients with these chronic conditions has identified some essential oils very helpful in reducing the amount of pain experienced in flares. While I always build essential oil blends to suit individual requirements, I have found common benefits for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis with Guaiazulene and curcumin oils. These oils are natural anti-inflammatories.
If you would like to try a session of DMFR with a customised essential oil blend, please reach out to me through the main number for Invitation to Health or book an appointment online.
- Michael Wilby