Arthritis is a medical condition affecting the joints and affects attending synovial fluid, ligaments, tendons and muscular tissues through a cycle of cytokine-induced inflammation. There are over 100 types of arthritis, but most fall into the major categories of:

  • Degenerative
  • Inflammatory
  • Infectious
  • Metabolic

Both ancient and modern medicine have dealt with arthritic issues throughout history and today we have a clearer idea of what individual and collective factors can trigger arthritis and its painful flare-ups:

  • Cox-2 enzyme
  • Metabolic acidosis
  • Chronic dehydration
  • Lack of essential fatty acids
  • Psoriatic and rheumatic factors
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Allergies to environmental toxins
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Genetic factors
  • Emotional stress

It is a common occurrence that arthritic incidences tend to follow or coincide with emotional tension. Chronic anger, anxiety and depression can cause increased inflammatory states and induce or exacerbate arthritis. Aside from the pain, swelling, immobility and deformity in the joints, arthritis can impair one’s social life and impede work capacity, taking its toll on family and employment situations.

With the advantage of both western and eastern medical knowledge bases, Dr. Christenson and CHI Lifestyle Medical Center evaluate each patient’s detailed history and test for imbalances in hormones, vitamins, minerals and other metabolic factors. In addition, Dr. Christenson has vast expertise in collaborating lifestyle management, allopathy, East Asian Medicine (acupuncture, gi gong, tai chi, herbs) NAET, and stress relief techniques (EFT) to offer patients comprehensive programs that deal with both immediate and long-term management of arthritic conditions.