What is Gout?
What Causes Gout?
When levels of uric acid in the blood increase, it can lead to the formation of urate crystals which can accumulate in the joints. This further leads to swelling and intense Gout attack. Uric acid is produced when the body breaks down purines, substances found naturally in the body and some food types like steak and seafood. Other food types that can lead to high levels of uric acid in the body can include beer, drinks with fructose etc. Even though uric acid is excreted out via the kidneys, if excessive levels are being produced by the body, it can be retained in the blood nonetheless. When this occurs, sharp, needle-like uric crystals appear in tissue surrounding joints that causes Gout.
Gout can be influenced by other factors like obesity, medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes etc., certain medications, heredity, age and sex as well.
When to Seek Treatment For Gout
Bowen Therapy can be effective at any stage during a gout attack. If used in the early stages, Bowen therapy may diffuse the intensity of the gout attack.
Bowen can still be very effective in the very painful stages of gout, by helping to loosen the tissues in the calf, ankle or around the foot that often tighten up during a gout attack of the toe. Increasing circulation to the area may help the body to flush out the uric crystals causing the pain, and reduce the severity of the inflammation in the joint.
In the final stages, the inflammation following a gout attack can sometimes linger around for weeks or months, which Bowen Therapy can help clear up.
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