Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes severe joint pain, stiffness, and swelling (1). Although the exact pathology of RA remains unclear, the root cause of RA symptoms is inflammation of the joints, most commonly joints in the hands and feet (2). Current treatment for RA consists of medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDSs), and biologic agents (3). The main target for all these drugs is inflammation reduction, but each drug has many potential side effects including heart, kidney, and liver damage, increased risk of infection, and stomach issues(3, 4).


Extivita Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Extivita Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Nutritional IV Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is one of the safest available therapies and is proven to reduce systemic inflammation, suggesting its potential use for RA treatment (5,6,7). HBOT has repeatedly been shown to reduce the specific pro-inflammatory cytokines that are known to cause inflammation in RA (8, 9, 10). These cytokines include tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), Il-1, and IL-6 all of which contribute to joint inflammation and cartilage destruction (11). Specific studies on HBOT and RA are limited but have found that HBOT can reduce joint pain, increase activity level, and improve sleeping in those with RA (12).

Effects of HBOT on Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Decreases Inflammation

Decreased Inflammation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reduces systemic inflammation by increasing anti-inflammatory gene expression and decreasing proinflammatory genes.
Increases Stem Cell Production

Increased Stem Cell Activity

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy mobilizes stem progenitor cells (SPCs) from the bone marrow, creating the opportunity for tissue regeneration.
Grows New Blood Vessels

New Blood Vessel Formation

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, healing injured tissues that were unable to get nutrients and oxygen.
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Neurofeedback for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

According to research, RA symptoms can worsen due to the emotional distress from living with a chronic illness. Studies have also shown that the brain and the immune system are linked, therefore neurofeedback (NF) may have the potential to reduce RA symptoms (13). More specifically, NF training can help repair neural connectivity and thus support immune system function. In addition, NF training has been shown to reduce psychological/emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, depression that accompany RA, thereby reducing medication regimen and improving quality of life (14).
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IV Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

The development of RA has been shown to involve excessive free radical formation and a compromised antioxidant system (15). Intravenous micronutrient therapy, like the Myers cocktail and High Dose Vitamin C, can protect cells from damage by free radicals and reactive oxygen species and support collagen formation (16).
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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have been shown to have endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction ultimately leads to impaired microcirculation, increasing the RA patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease (17). Pulsed electromagnetic therapy is a safe, non-invasive method that can reduce vascular dysfunctions, protect joints, and alleviate pain and inflammation related to RA (18).
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News & Research for for Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Diagnosis Rheumatoid arthritis can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because the early signs and symptoms mimic those of many other diseases. There is no one blood test or physical finding to confirm the diagnosis. During the physical exam, your doctor will...

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