What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is thought to be one of the most common ailments on the planet. Although common, it is not a single disease, instead term refers to joint inflammation. There are several types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Each of these conditions develops differently, but all of them can impact the functionality of your hands and joints in your body. According to the Arthritis Foundation, symptoms of stiffness, swelling and decreased motion can vary from mild to severe. Beyond pain in your fingers and hands, arthritis can have more complicated and negative affects on your health.
Who Gets It?
Two common types of arthritis that primarily affect the hands and cause pain and stiffness are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Just as there are several types of arthritis, a variety of causes exist.
Osteoarthritis: Typically a wear-and-tear disease that either occurs as a result of age or repeated injury, causes your cartilage, the cushion for your joints, to break down.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: Categorized as an autoimmune condition that affects the synovium or lining of your joints, unfortunately, does not have a specific cause.
There are a number of risk factors that many may recognize whilst developing one or more types of arthritis:
Genetics: Some types of arthritis run in families. Your genetic makeup may make you more susceptible to environmental factors that commonly trigger arthritis.
Age: The risk of arthritis increases as you age.
Gender: Women are more likely than are men to develop rheumatoid arthritis, while men are more likely to get gout.
Previous injury: If you’ve injured a joint, you’re more likely to develop arthritis in that joint.
Overweight: Carrying excess weight puts stress on joints, particularly your knees, hips and spine which can increase your risk of developing arthritis.
How is Arthritis Related to Raynaud’s Disease?
Several autoimmune diseases, connective tissue disorders, and joint inflammation ailments can cause secondary Raynaud’s disease. If you have arthritis, then you are at risk of developing Raynaud’s, a circulatory problem that commonly flares up when a person’s hands are exposed to cold temperatures, resulting in narrowing blood vessels and swelling, stiffness and pain.
Learn about other diseases commonly linked to the onset of secondary Raynaud’s disease:
Many turn to topical medications, electronic nerve stimulation, or steroid injections to ease their suffering, but in some cases physical lifestyle adjustments and emotional changes can help you manage the hand pain and finger stiffness that comes from arthritis.
- Practicing deep breathing or meditation can decrease stress producing chemicals which increase inflammation. Staying relaxed has both emotional and physical benefits.
- Hand exercises or stretches will stimulate blood flow, increase range of motion, and may relieve chronic stiffness in the smaller finger joints.
- Apply heat to relax muscles and encourage blood flow to the painful areas in your fingers. UniqKnits Self Heating Gloves for Arthritis can help perform this therapeutic treatment without the batteries or plugs.
UNIQKNITS™ products differ from others on the market, learn how a pair of therapeutic warming gloves can keep your hands at a constant temperature and provide some relief to the pain arthritic conditions can cause.
Why Choose Uniqknits™ Self-Heating Gloves for Arthritis?
Using a great pair of therapeutic gloves for rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis is a small action you can take to reduce your discomfort. Individuals who suffer from arthritis pain often refer to the “magic formula” to reduce swelling, improve circulation, alleviate pain, and improve hand function. UNIQKNITS™ self-heating gloves for Arthritis will do a combination of these three things:
- Provide support
- Provide warmth
- Provide compression
UNIQKNITS™ self-heating gloves for Arthritis are a blend of textile engineering and fashion, using a scientifically backed technology with the unique ability to uses your own skin and the environment to produce a sustained warmth. Our gloves look like any standard glove on the market, and come in a variety of styles, colors, and patterns, so you don’t need to compromise style for comfort.