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Pseudoarticular or soft tissue rheumatism (muscles, tendons and ligaments), which are the most frequent (55%), especially among sports people and those who perform heavy work.
Degenerative rheumatism or arthrosis (40%), which occur through the progressive wear of the joints or vertebral discs, due to aging, trauma or excessive stress.
Inflammatory rheumatism or arthritis (5%), characterized by inflammation of one or more joints.
From a nutritional point of view, the prevention and treatment of rheumatism are based on the following points:
- Drink enough to avoid dehydration which can be the cause of tendonitis, muscle tears, etc.
- Strengthen the joints through a balanced supply of proteins and trace elements that intervene in the formation of joint cartilage (manganese, sulfur, silicon).
- Neutralize free radicals produced during intense muscular effort and curb joint wear with the help of antioxidants (beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc)
- Fight inflammation with polyunsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.
In practice, the foods to be preferred are fish, eggs, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and oleaginous fruits.
It is obvious that regular sporting activity must be accompanied by the acquisition of adequate eating habits, not only to improve performance but also to prevent injuries. In addition, each sports session should be preceded and followed by exercises suitable for muscle preparation and relaxation, as well as by a massage with a specific product. Before the effort, the latter warms the muscles and activates circulation, while afterwards it promotes recovery by accelerating the elimination of metabolic waste.
Rheumatism therapy can make use of traditional medicine (anti-inflammatory drugs, preparations containing cartilage components, etc.), homeopathy, phytotherapy (devil’s claw, horsetail, etc.) or nutrition therapy (fish oils, antioxidants , etc.). Whichever method is chosen, oral treatment should be associated with the application of a topical (drug for local use).
Among the numerous topicals on the market, a range based on essential oils stands out for its variety. Liquid for sports massage, medicinal bath, refreshing gel, thermogenic effect cream, etc .: the appropriate, effective and well tolerated solution for every problem!
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