Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is
a systemic disease that attacks multiple joints throughout the body. About 90%
of the people with rheumatoid arthritis eventually develop symptoms related to
the foot or ankle. Usually, symptoms appear in the toes and forefeet first,
then in the hind feet or the back of the feet, and finally in the ankles.
The exact cause of RA is unknown, but
there are several theories. Some people may be more likely to develop RA
because of their genes. However, it usually takes a chemical or environmental
"trigger" to activate the disease. In RA, the body's immune system
turns against itself. Instead of protecting the joints, the body produces
substances that attack and inflame the joints.
Because RA affects your entire system,
you may also feel feverish, tire easily, and lose your appetite. You may
develop lumps around your joints, particularly by the elbow.
Exercise is very important in the
treatment of RA. Your doctor or physical therapist may recommend stretching as
well as functional and range of motion exercises.
Main Functions of Ares Kinesiology Tape
- Relieves pain and
circulation and lymphatic flow via superficial activation while reducing
- Corrects muscle
function through reduction of muscle tension and strengthening of the weakened
misalignment of joints
body to homeostasis.
with the body to allow and increase normal range of motion
normalize length/tension ratios to create optimal force
and improve tissue recovery
epidermal tissue homeostasis
inflammation and pressure on mechanical receptors