Stress, Tension and Rheumatic Disease
An understanding of rheumatic diseases cannot be attained without considering the role of the neuro-motor system. It would seem, on the basis of available evidence, that such an understanding is essential if further progress is to be made in prevention and control of these conditions. We will consider here the behavioral mechanisms involved and how these relate to rheumatism (fibrositis, fibromyalgia etc.), degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis, wear and tear arthritis), rheumatoid arthritis and a variety of other auto-immune disorders. Thorough understanding will require basic knowledge in kinesiology, neurology, immunology, endocrinology and physiology. Some knowledge of biochemistry is helpful. References are kept to a minimum, a few general texts and recent articles.
KeywordsDegenerative Joint Disease Rheumatic Disease Connective Tissue Disease Rheumatic Fever Muscle Spasm
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