Alternative Treatments for Arthritis Dover NH

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.

Dr.Bruce S. Samuels
(603) 742-3664
Ste 204, 15 Old Rollinsford Road
Dover, NH
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Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ
Year of Graduation: 1967
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Rheumatologist
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Hospital: Wentworth-Douglas
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Sonita Claire Estrada, MD
15 Old Rollinsford Rd
Dover, NH
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1996

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Bruce Steven Samuels
(603) 742-3664
15 Old Rollinsford Road Suite 204
Dover, NH
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.Constance Passas
(603) 430-8333
230 Lafayette Rd # 12
Portsmouth, NH
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Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1974
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Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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John Mc Lean Shearman, MD
(603) 431-0835
278 Lafayette Rd Bldg E
Portsmouth, NH
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Allergy
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Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1973
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Hospital: York Hospital, York, Me; Portsmouth Pavilion, Portsmouth, Nh; Frisbie Mem Hosp, Rochester, Nh; Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Portsmouth, Nh

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Bruce Steven Samuels, MD
(603) 742-3664
15 Old Rollinsford Rd
Dover, NH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, Dover, Nh
Group Practice: Strafford Medical Assoc

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SonIta Claire K Estrada
(603) 742-3664
15 Old Rollinsford Rd
Dover, NH
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Rheumatology

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Constance M Passas
(603) 430-8333
230 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth, NH
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Constance M Passas, MD
(603) 430-8333
230 Lafayette Rd Bldg D
Portsmouth, NH
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1974

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John M Shearman
(603) 431-0835
278 Lafayette Rd
Portsmouth, NH
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Rheumatology

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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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