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A diagnosis of Arthritis is not a life sentence!

If you have been diagnosed as having arthritis or the beginnings of it, DON’T PANIC…! There is much that can be done to help alleviate pain and stop the progress of the condition. On this page you will find information about our approach to arthritis, as well as how we treat it using approaches such as acupuncture and tui na massage.


“The hinges of a well-used door never rust”

This is a saying in Chinese Medicine and it is the case that the stiffness, pain and injury we develop is analogous to a hinge slowly rusting on a door that is no longer used.

Once you become used to living with the pain then you may begin to move in a restricted way and even create new patterns of tension and altered gait as a result.

Then your joints (hinges) can only continue their ‘rusting’ and the condition can spread to affect the soft tissue around the affected joint as well as the integrity of neighbouring joints.


The clever ancient Chinese…

The Chinese long ago devised systems of exercise that can greatly benefit joints at almost all stages of ‘rusting’. Performing these specific regular exercises are essential to prevent atrophy and increase the strength of the supporting soft tissues

Part of a treatment would include self-care advice and training which would allow you to carry on the effects of a session at home. Daily self massage of the joint (where possible, a knee for example) can also help and is simple to perform once instructed.


How can Thrive help you to de-rust?

At Thrive we offer targeted programmes to help you regain flexibility, strength and ease of movement.


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Maria, Dalston

“I had suffered from back pain (sciatica) for 8 years on and off. During a particularly painful episode I decided to try acupuncture and i really can’t recommend it enough – I had six treatments with Ross over six months ago and I haven’t experienced any back pain since.”

Cinnamen, Shoreditch

“For years I have suffered neck pain, back pain, migraines and felt constantly tired and drained, but after a few sessions of acupuncture with Ross the migraines have finally stopped, and my day to day working life has become so much easier. I highly recommend Ross as a skilled practitioner. He has been a wonderful support also for the emotional stress that is a result of my years of pain.”

Jan Quinlan, Surrey

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