… Although I was specifically concerned with my stress-related rheumatoid arthritis and its healing during my HeilÜben, the effects of overloading tension and inflammation did not only affect my joints and the surrounding tissue but the entire organism.
Sequelae which can be triggered
- by the tension and inflammation that continues throughout the body and
- relieving postures and restricted mobility,
did their part to make my condition more complex.
Furthermore, there were
- pre-existing illnesses (a limited kidney activity, house-dust- and pollen allergy)
- further consequences of overloading tension (see also article 1)
Apart from drugs with all their side effects and interactions, so I experienced a mix of causes and effects that caused and reinforced each other.
For a long time, this baffled me, because at that time I still tried to find a way to the causes of my stress-related physical problems, by trying to associate them with each occurring sensations such as pain and feelings of tension in detail, because in certain situations, I succeeded.
Whenever pain and restrictions appeared within those regions of my body that were already diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis it was difficult for me to distinguish between swellings caused by RA and oedemata. What was that I felt and what happened beneath my skin? What was what?
However, the more I concentrated on the connection between pain and relaxation when I practised my HeilÜben-exercises, I became aware of the tension behind the pain and inflammation.
And the more I learned to lower my tension when practising, the more all the stress-related complaints went back.
When in addition to RA, oedemata (commonly known as water retentions) appear in the hands and arms, this mostly calls attention through swelling, for example starting with thick fingers, small knots over or in between the metacarpophalangeal joints and over the carpal bones. This is annoying and can, in turn, cause a feeling of pressure and movement restriction what is perceived as disturbing and painful.
As it is with rheumatoid arthritis, in case of oedemata it is essential to consult a physician. In addition, for me, my own information about gymnastics and massages that can be used against oedemata in particular and lymphology, in general, paid off.
Just like the HÜ-exercises, oedemata gymnastics is about the alternation of force and relaxation. In the case of oedemata exercises, this alternation should stimulate the lymphatic flow – interrupting harmful tension, reducing and finally preventing it in the first place. This strengthens the heart and circulation. If one can tell the difference of complaints caused by RA and the grievances caused by oedemata, one can orient his self-help better, by meaningfully connecting daily HÜ-exercises with adapted oedemata gymnastics.
My problem mix of pain and swelling caused by an RA and the unpleasant feeling of pressure due to oedemata in my arms and legs, hands and feet dissolved with progressive HÜ-exercises by having me overcome these two problems in equal measure. Through healthy movement whilst relieving muscles and connective tissues (including malpositions).
Write down your experiences with RA and – if possible – your own problem mix. That doesn’t have to be in pleasing sentences. Even essential keywords in their correct chronological order provide a helpful overview.
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