Long-term medical conditions affect an estimated four million older people in the UK. This is set to rise because of our ageing population. It is predicted that by 2030, around seven million older people will have some form of long-term medical condition.
The ageing population and the increased prevalence of long-term medical conditions have had a huge impact on the NHS. Falls are the largest cause of emergency admissions for older people and significantly impact long-term outcomes, especially for those who suffer from a medical problem.
Common Medical Conditions in Older People
Advances in health care have helped people in the UK live for longer than ever before and, as a result, medical conditions have become a more pronounced part of older life. It is becoming less of a challenge to live with these medical conditions and older people are now in the best position ever to manage them on a day-to-day basis.
It’s important that we all have some knowledge about the most common medical conditions so that we are more prepared to deal with them if diagnosed. This includes understanding the condition itself, the treatments available, ways in-which to prevent the illness and how to live with it.
Arthritis is the breakdown of tissue inside the joints. It can cause pain, inflammation, restricted movement of the area and an apparent weakness within the joints affected. Arthritis is very common in the UK, affecting around 10 million people of all ages.
There are two main types of Arthritis: Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. When it comes to older people, the most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. This is caused by wear and tear; the older we are the more we have used our joints through our lifetimes. Around eight million people in the UK are affected by this type of arthritis.
Symptoms of arthritis include:
Joint pain, tenderness and stiffness.
Restricted movement of joints.
Inflammation in and around the joints.
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the illness but there are treatments available such as painkillers and corticosteroids, which can help slow down the condition.
Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in a joint. In the UK, around 10 million people have arthritis. It affects people of all ages, including children.
Hypnotherapy and arthritis
Hypnotherapy can help arthritis sufferers. The disease can affect people of all ages and is not just a physical problem of the elderly. Many physical diseases and disorders are now being helped with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis can assist arthritis sufferers using powerful suggestion and mental imagery techniques.
The word “arthritis” is taken from the Greek words arthron, joint, and it is, inflammation. In other words, arthritis literally means “joint inflammation.” In order for the hypnotherapist to provide successful assistance to sufferers of arthritis it is important that a basic understanding of the nature of the disease is held. Having some understanding of the client’s problem will help the hypnotherapist devise a sensible and workable treatment strategy.
Since the subconscious controls all of the circulatory, muscular, chemical, and hormonal actions, hypnosis can also direct the production of chondrocytes, which increase the growth of healthy new cartilage. The more protection in the joints, the more comfort and mobility is created.
Hypnosis can also be used to regulate the flow and distribution of endorphins, which are the ‘feel good’ chemicals the body uses to create comfort and relaxation. Using hypnosis to regulate endorphin production plays a big role in putting the client in control.