How to treat Osteoarthritis

By Camille Pierson
Camille Pierson

Helping people with joint pain is nothing new to us at The Float Spa because floating has been proven to be very beneficial in alleviating those sorts of symptoms.  However, with osteoarthritis, you need more extensive treatment.  Camille, founder of the float spa, was recently diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her foot which was giving her considerable pain and making it difficult for her to go running or walking like she used to but the conventional treatment plan didn’t appeal to her so she researched a more holistic and natural course of action.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage at the ends of the bones starts to break down causing pain, swelling and problems moving the joint.  It can occur when joint injuries don’t heal properly or just as a result of ageing.  Women are more likely to have it than men.  Some people develop bony growths in the affected areas which can cause redness, swelling and pain.  Obviously, severe osteoarthritis can be life limiting and even mild cases can stop people doing the exercise they love or generally getting about without pain.  The typical treatment for this condition is surgery and/or regular steroid injections for life.

Camille’s Experience of Osteoarthritis

It’s easy to imagine that lifelong steroid injections didn’t appeal to Camille.  She had been investigated for a pain in her right foot that was giving her terrible trouble particularly when she exercised.  As a regular runner, she found it was becoming increasingly painful and, after completing a half marathon in February 2020, the pain was so severe she could barely walk for a week afterwards.  After scans, the doctors diagnosed osteoarthritis and suggested the usual treatment.  Fortunately, Camille was able to convince them to let her try an alternative 12 week programme, prior to any medical interventions.

A Holistic Approach to Treatment

The first thing Camille realised she needed to change was her diet.  Up until then, she had been very happy with her vegan diet but, to treat this issue, she needed to add oily fish such as salmon and mackerel to get the vitamins she needed to help with this issue.  She also took an Omega 3 supplement along with Bare Biology Marine Collagen.  As someone who already floated and had infrared sauna sessions regularly, she simply increased these to one a week. Plus added more yoga into her schedule to help stretch out Camille’s very tight hamstrings. Now, she feels this natural diet-led course of treatment has been so effective that she hardly suffers any issues with her right foot at all.  In fact, she has been running half marathons and not even noticing any difference between her right, osteoarthritis affected foot, and her left one.  She was so pleased with the success of this treatment that she wanted to share it with others.

Camille would absolutely recommend people try this more natural treatment for osteoarthritis before committing to being dependant on steroid injections long term.  If you would like to try this treatment or have any questions about it, please feel free to get in touch on 01273 933 680 or email hello@thefloatspa.co.uk.

About the Author:

Camille Pierson
Camille is the managing director of the Float Spa and a Trustee of the Brighton Yoga Foundation. She’s immensely proud of the community she’s built at the float spa and takes real pleasure from seeing yoga & floating transform people’s lives. She’s also a mother of two.

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