Arthritis is normally associated with aging. However, a Burlington Post article about 10-year-old Cynthia Houghton from Burlington, Ontario proves that the ailment can strike anyone. Her mother believes that Cynthia developed arthritis when she was a baby. In spite of her condition, the girl became an ambassador for The Arthritis Society in Canada in the hopes of spreading awareness of this rare, but debilitating ailment among parents and children alike:
"In Canada, it is estimated that as many as 24,000 children aged 18 and under live with a form of arthritis, or more than three out of every 1,000 kids."
Arthritis cannot be cured per se, which means that Cynthia, sadly, has to live with her condition for the rest of her life. Short of undergoing extensive surgery, she and others like her can only relieve or suppress their pain by taking corticosteroids, capsaicin, and other drugs. Alternatively, they can undergo massage therapy to alleviate the pain and help them cope with their condition. Massage therapy for children, however, requires utmost care because their young bodies are naturally more fragile. As such, parents should look for an Oshawa massage therapist who has experience working with children, like someone from Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation.
The prevalence of arthritis in Canada is much worse than what most people think. According to The Arthritis Society, more than 4.6 million Canadian adults have this ailment in some way or form. Someone, somewhere in the country is diagnosed with arthritis every 60 seconds.
Arthritis is also the first cause of disability for women and the third for men, and costs the Canadian economy about $33 billion every year. In addition, statistics from the Public Health Agency of Canada place Ontario as the province with the most number of arthritis sufferers. Unfortunately, this trend is likely to continue well into the future, as The Arthritis Society also believes that one in five Canadians will suffer from arthritis by 2036.
Luckily for Cynthia and other arthritis sufferers her age, getting a chiropractic massage in Oshawa can help a great deal in soothing the pain. Unlike other types of massage, chiropractic massage focuses on the spine and the nervous system, thereby preventing pain from worsening. Aside from arthritis, chiropractic massage can also help treat anxiety, relieve muscle tension, and reduce stress. Although a cure for arthritis has yet to be found, kids like Cynthia who suffer from this debilitating condition can take comfort in the fact that sensible remedies like massage therapy can help manage the symptoms.
(Source: Burlington girl champions arthritis awareness, fundraising effort, Burlington Post, June 06, 2014)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley