According to the National Health Survey 2014-2015, approximately 3.5 million Australians suffered from arthritis. Arthritis symptoms can make everyday activities difficult to perform and consequently negatively affect quality of life.
Arthritis is a term that is used to describe a variety of musculoskeletal conditions that affect an individual’s joints leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness, deformity, and disability. While there are over 100 different conditions that are classified as arthritis, the most common conditions include:
Arthritis has a higher prevalence rate in women (18.3%) compared to men (12.3%), with an increasing prevalence in older individuals. Women over the age of 55 years have a prevalence rate of 51.4% and men over the age of 55 years have a prevalence rate of 35.2%.
The Ajnamat has been designed with more than 5,000 spikes that help to activate the natural healing abilities of your body. The Ajnamat aims to relieve muscle tension, improve blood circulation, decrease pain, and restore the natural flow of energy within the body. Additionally, use of the Ajnamat releases oxytocin and endorphins, which act as natural painkillers. The effects that the Ajnamat has on the body can help to control your arthritis symptoms.
Another way in which the Ajnamat helps with arthritis sufferers is by improving sleep. A study published in Arthritis Care reports that up to 31% of individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee report significant disturbances getting to sleep, and 81% have difficulty sleeping through the night. The same degree of sleep disturbance is found in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia found that only 18.5% of patients had a good quality of sleep. Sleep disturbances are linked to increased pain and depressed mood and also lead to various forms of functional disability. The Ajnamat helps to relax your body and mind before bedtime, which creates an ideal condition for you to have a restful nights sleep.
The Ajnamat should be positioned on the outer and side parts of the affected joint.
Once you have positioned your mat, secure it around the joint with an elastic bandage. Apply adequate pressure on the pad so that you feel moderate pricking. While you’re applying pressure, you can move and bend your joint slowly to increase the effectiveness of treatment. Continue with this therapy for 20 minutes, or until your joint pain subsides.
Ensure that the mat isn’t place directly over veins or nerves. Additionally, do not use the Ajnamat in certain areas of the body, including: the inside of your elbows, hollow of the knee, groin, or armpit.
If you suffer from arthritis, incorporating the Ajnamat into your daily routine can help to get your symptoms under control and help you maintain an active lifestyle.
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About the Author- Dr. Shaina McQuilkie
Dr. Shaina McQuilkie is a practicing chiropractor based in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Dr. Shaina graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology before obtaining her Doctorate of Chiropractic from D’Youville College in 2008. After graduating, Dr. Shaina worked in a multidisciplinary clinic gaining experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions before deciding to open her own clinic in 2010. In addition to running her practice, Dr. Shaina has a passion for writing and works as a freelance medical writer for various clients in the medical field.