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Book Review - Arthritis The Essential Guide

Arthritis essential guide Page 2 Arthritis The Essential Guide by Gill Carrick

This book written by feature writer and author, Gill Carrick, provides a useful summary of the most common forms of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica and fibromyalgia. Each chapter is dedicated to one form of arthritis and gives information about who is affected, what causes the condition, how it is diagnosed, treatments available, top tips for managing the condition and a case study. It is written in a clear, concise and reader friendly way and offers all the basic information you need to know about these conditions.

There are also chapters on complimentary therapies, diet and exercise and the future of arthritis treatments. The chapter on complimentary therapies takes you through the main therapies available including acupuncture, Bowen technique and hydrotherapy, giving concise details about how these therapies are believed to work, how they may help you and where you can find out further information.

The diet and exercise chapter focuses on the importance of a balanced diet and then looks at various helpful foods and supplements, however it focuses on foods that can help reduce inflammation which is not relevant for fibromyalgia. It is the same with the chapter on the future of arthritis which focuses on inflammatory arthritis in particular rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

This book is a very useful summary of the different forms of arthritis, but only dedicates seven pages to fibromyalgia and will only give you a basic summary on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis The Essential Guide by Gill Carrick is available from Amazon www.amazon.co.uk priced at £8.99.


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