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Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia, with 3.85 million Australians affected.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is currently the most common form of arthritis and the leading cause of chronic disability among older people. More than 50 per cent of people over the age of 65 years have radiological evidence of OA, with approximately 10 per cent of men and 18 per cent of women suffering symptomatic OA. With the advent of fast foods and takeaways, it’s troubling to think about what is going to happen to our younger generation as they age.

That’s why I’m on a mission to educate people about how poor diet and lifestyle choices drive chronic illness, inflammation and pain. Perhaps we need to look at our busy lifestyle, sweet snacks on the run, insufficient nutrition or lack of exercise. Or it might be a case of physical and emotional stress, toxic overload, food intolerance, poor gut health, burning the candle at both ends, and lack of sleep.



Many don’t realise the implications of not getting enough sleep – the body needs 6-7 hours of quality sleep to repair. Disturbed sleep can deplete oxygen to the brain and vital organs, hinder clearance of toxins accumulated through the day, and stimulate the need for high levels of stress hormones to keep afloat during wake times.



Too much of the stress hormone cortisol puts on abdominal fat, breaks down muscle, hinders digestion and makes you fatter and more inflamed. We are highly complicated beings interconnected at multiple levels physiologically, hence inflammation from any one source can affect the entire body. For instance, an inflamed gut sends inflammatory cells into the blood stream that can attack joints, envelop muscle and cloud the brain.



Arthritis Australia have revealed that strong evidence exists showing the benefit of diets low in saturated and trans fats combined with a high intake of omega-3 fats in fish oil to ease the symptoms of arthritis. Increasing numbers of patients are looking beyond the traditional medical fraternity for ways to manage and even beat their arthritis.

Recent studies have found:

  • Obesity, often co-existing with a lack of exercise, is a significant risk factor for both the development and progression of knee OA and also to a lesser degree hip OA.
  • Significant improvements in pain and physical function in arthritis patients is achieved after eating a low inflammatory diet combined with exercise. Another 28% improvement in function was achieved with weight loss of 10%.


Arthritis sufferers, who have said no to potentially dangerous and addictive drugs, have now discovered a new lease of life after enduring years of pain and disability from arthritis.


A drug-free approach

A drug-free approach to the treatment of arthritis – combining elimination of potentially inflammatory foods from the diet with physiotherapy, controlled exercise and home acupuncture channel massage – allows many clients to effectively self-manage their arthritis and make profound changes to their quality of life.

Pain and anti-inflammatory medications prescribed to treat the symptoms of arthritis potentially have dangerous side effects and have been shown to cause 2,000 deaths each year in the UK.


Safer alternatives

Safer alternatives to pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory and pain relief are plant-based substances quercetin (400-3,000mg per day), curcumin derived from turmeric (12-24mg per day), rutin (1000-4000 mg per day), or 6-9 grams of a quality fish oil per day.

Smart diet and lifestyle choices and alternative treatments can settle the pain and swelling of arthritis without the side effects of prescription drugs, giving patients a pain-free existence they thought was long gone.

Mobility is paramount to maintain joint movement and nutrition to the cartilage. Inactivity feeds further degeneration.

  • Inactivity stagnates blood flow to ligaments and muscles.
  • This causes some muscles to stiffen, knot up, and shorten, while others weaken and fade away in response to inactivity.
  • Joints stiffen with inactivity.

Be confident in knowing that it is both O.K. and safe to move as long as the pain is not getting worse. Pain can be used as a guide, work to the onset of pain, nudge the end of range for a few seconds, then back off, rest, and try again. Remember, you will not cause further damage if the pain either remains the same or lessens.


Graduated movement softens joint contracture and tight muscles. Exercise is nature’s relaxant, stress relief and pain killer. Exercise stimulates the production of brain endorphins or opioids that counteract incoming pain signals to provide natural pain relief.


Huge benefit can be achieved through simple diet and lifestyle changes.


Do you have arthritis? What medications, exercises and pain relievers have you tried? What works best for you? Tell us below.


Verona Chadwick

Accomplished Physiotherapist, Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, and author of ‘How to Live a Life Without Pain’ Verona Chadwick seamlessly weaves together traditional and contemporary treatment protocols, focusing her attention on elevating the health states of those anchored down by spinal, muscle and joint injuries. Verona is a successful business woman and healer with nearly 30 years of private practice experience. She holds Graduate diplomas in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Nutrition Medicine, and has completed advanced Toyohari Japanese acupuncture training. She is a Diplomat of the Anti-Aging Medicine Associations in Australia and America, and dynamic member of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists Association. Verona has helped to herald a time of healing for thousands of people suffering with chronic pain and illness through hands-on physiotherapy, acupuncture and dietary awareness. Verona lives and works in Lismore, New South Wales, Australia

  1. Arthritis is debilitating, painful, isolating and…depressing! Movements are more difficult and slower, which can be embarrassing when out and about. Consequently, many people stay home and simply deal with it as best they can. Because there are so many different forms of Arthritis, so there are many treatments. There truly is no “one plan fits all”! So many things are touted as being good, helping etc etc and believe me, I’ve tried them all. Due to familial genetics and my chosen career, I’ve had to have transplants because nothing else worked. What I would like to see is more stem cell research being done to try to eliminate this horrid disease for then…all the rest will follow. Pain free sleep, exercise without the excruciating pain of bone on bone and above all…a renewal of social interaction…just as important as all the other pointers!

  2. I find glucosamine helps, I follow the recommended diet, take fish oil and walk 45 minutes a day.

  3. I totally disagree about not having saturated fats. I take a tablespoon of cold pressed organic coconut oil and me arthritic pain is gone within 5 minutes. Krill oil and tumeric are also good

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    • Does that taste ok Halina? I am using Krill and turmeric, my joints in my hand are getting worse:(

    • I need to elaborate about saturated fats. Not all are bad for you. There are long chain and short chain saturated fats that have different effects. Coconut oil is a short chain saturated fat that is beneficial. It provides energy for the cells and passes the blood brain barrier to energise the brain as well. You still need a predominance of omega-3 polyunsaturated fats in the membranes to reduce inflammation and fortify them against the rigors of day to day physical stress.

  4. I take Krill,glucosamine and fish capsule every day,we eat fish at least twice a week.I do take Panadol at night,that is the worse time,while active during the day it is better.

  5. Do what’s best for you, we are all so different. You are so lucky if you find something that helps .

  6. I’ve been raking glucosamine for some years, prior to that massive doses celery oil which also helped a bit. Have tried fish oil but it didn’t work for me, neither did black lipped mussel oil. I have good days and bad days, the bad ones usually caused by the weather – particularly humidity. I have many bones broken in a car accident and of course the arthritis just loves setting up home in them. Also have arthritis spurs on the spine!! An occasional trip to the physio gives me some relief for a while. I’m slowing up considerably but hey – at least I’m on this side of the ground!

  7. I use chia seeds in my breakfast oatmeal and i go to Tai-chi.The pain in my knees,hip and spine has improved and hardly have any.I sometimes now and then when the weather changes experience a little pain.

  8. I also use that combination Halina, but I take way over what this article suggest(24mg) of Curcumin. I take the Blooms Curcumin 600 Plus. The “Plus” is the addition of Black Pepper which is essential to its absorption. I take 2 in the morning and 2 at night and have found a lot of relief.

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    • It is safe to take higher amounts of curcumin even 90 mg per day. However I caution about over doing the doses. If you need huge amounts to be of benefit, have a think about what else you can do to reduce inflammation at it’s source. Perhaps food reactivity?

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