Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

by | Jul 23, 2018 | Reiki, Vibrational Sound Therapy | 0 comments

July is Juvenile Arthritis (JA) Month and more than 300,000 children in the United States have some type of arthritis. Most people do not know that arthritis can occur at any age and children as young as 2 years old have been diagnosed with it. JA takes a unique physical and emotional toll on children and teenagers, often resulting in debilitating pain and feelings of loneliness or depression. Juvenile arthritis can make it especially challenging for kids to say yes to anything from participating in family activities to playing with friends and/or sports; many things that are a part of being a kid! These children are known as JA Warriors.

Although the various types of juvenile arthritis share many common symptoms, like pain, joint swelling, redness and warmth, each type of JA is distinct and has its own special concerns and symptoms. The most important step in properly treating it is getting an accurate diagnosis. The diagnostic process can be long and detailed. There is no single blood test that confirms any type of JA. Some types of JA affect the musculoskeletal system, but joint symptoms may be minor or nonexistent. The disease can also involve the eyes, skin, muscles and gastrointestinal tract.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Juvenile Arthritis. To help their children improve the quality of their life, some parents have turned to using holistic or Eastern Medical modalities. Reiki and sound therapy are two complimentary modalities to use in addition to Western medicine that can help reduce inflammation associated with JA. Both modalities use energy, whether through vibration or heat, to ease discomfort to muscles and joints. Both Reiki and sound can also lessen pain by relaxing the areas of discomfort without manipulating any body parts. The key to helping JA Warriors live a better life is through creating and engaging in an active self-care plan.