Research: YOCUM and colleagues, Ari

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YOCUM and colleagues, Arizona Arthritis Center, University of Arizona, Tucson USA writes that stress and pain mechanism pathways are complex and share many central nervous system pathways. These are critical issues for patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other connective tissue diseases. Links between stress and neuroendoimmune function suggests that alternative therapies which focus upon improved psychological and metabolic function may significantly change pain outcomes for patients. The author reviews (54 references) programmes using alternative therapies such as tai chi and meditation in combination with traditional medications, which appear to be beneficial for patients with arthritis. These people appear to live better lives and may have better long-term outcomes.






Yocum DE et al. Exercise, education, and behavioral modification as alternative therapy for pain and stress in rheumatic disease. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America 26(1): 145-59. Feb 2000.

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