Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Cheyenne WY

T’ai chi, as a meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi.

Samardeep Gupta, MD
(307) 778-7322
6858 Elizabeth Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pbd Sharma Postgrad Inst M S, M Dayanand Univ, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Howard Avery Schneider, MD
(307) 634-1311
5050 Powderhouse Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1977

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Jonathan Singer, Do
(307) 635-4362
1401 AIRPORT PARKWAY STE 200
Cheyenne, WY
Specialty
Allergy and Immunology, Family Practice, Osteopathy, Other, Pain Management - Interventional, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine, Rheumatology

Samardeep Gupta, MD
(307) 778-7322
6858 Elizabeth Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pbd Sharma Postgrad Inst M S, M Dayanand Univ, Rohtak, Haryana, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Robert Matthew Monger
(307) 772-8226
5050 Powderhouse Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Robert Matthew Monger
(307) 772-8226
5050 Powderhouse Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Robert Matthew Monger, MD
(307) 634-1311
5050 Powderhouse Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gunter M Nashelsky, MD
(307) 834-2211
RR 79 Box 356
Lagrange, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1953

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Howard Avery Schneider, MD
(307) 634-1311
5050 Powderhouse Rd
Cheyenne, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1977

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Ardella Mary Kemmler, MD
(307) 789-0524
150 Arrowhead Dr Ste 1
Evanston, WY
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: I H C Evanston Regional Hosp, Evanston, Wy
Group Practice: Evanston Internal Medicine

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Alternative Treatments for Arthritis

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By Cara McDonald

Lenore Pristash was determined to cope with the arthritis in her neck and spine—after all, the 66-year-old was a former aerobics instructor and lifelong golfer, and she was used to being in control of her body. But when her doctor recommended neck surgery to remove bone spurs, the first words out of her mouth were, “No way.” “I was afraid I would lose the ability to do the things I love,” she says.

The Conventional Rx: Pristash was taking glucosamine and chondroitin (joint supplements that aid in cartilage repair), as well as Celebrex, a prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that irritated her stomach and increased her risk of heart attack and stroke.

The Alternative Rx: T’ai chi. This meditative martial art involves the fluid repetition of a series of gentle movements called forms. Pristash started attending a weekly class with a t’ai chi instructor and supplemented with DVD workouts at home.“People with arthritis benefit tremendously from the balance, stamina, endurance, focus, breathing, and social benefits they get from doing t’ai chi,” says Pristash’s instructor, Theresa Lilla, who herself has arthritis in her neck and knees. “It helps you to calm and connect with yourself, and when you’re in pain, that’s important.”

The Outcome:
Before t’ai chi, Pristash could move her head only 40 degrees to the left; now she can turn it all the way to her shoulder. Her joints don’t crackle like they used to, and she stopped taking Celebrex. But a surprise benefit has been the mental effect: “T’ai chi enables you to settle your body into yourself and the earth; it sounds corny, but that’s what you do,” Pristash says. “T’ai chi has helped make this disease tolerable.” —Cara McDonald

Author: Cara McDonald

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