Natural Remedies for Joint Pain
Regardless of age, arthritis is very painful for the men, women, and children who have it. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, however, rheumatoid arthritis is also fairly common. Almost all forms of arthritis get worse with age, though the use joints and bones causes symptoms to worsen. Most of the time doctors treat arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers, each with significant side effects and risk of dependency. Recently, natural approaches to dealing with arthritic pain has become more popular.
Ways to Go Natural
Here are some things that can be done to help with the pain and make it easier to deal with arthritis:
- Weight – The first recommendation doctors make when treating arthritis is to be mindful about weight; especially for those struggling with obesity. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints, causing more pain and faster progression. A low-fat, low-sugar diet also reduces inflammation and overall promotes the immune system.
- Exercise – A misconception many people have is exercising can make arthritis worse but in fact, it can actually help. Physical activity is essential to helping keep the joints lubricated while actually reducing the amount of joint pain experienced. Consider low-impact exercises, such as walking, biking, or swimming. Exercise that gently helps with strengthening, such as isometric and isotonic exercises.
- Hot/Cold Treatments – Doing a hot treatment in the morning for arthritis, such as a hot shower or hot compress, can help ease stiffness in joints. At night, use a heating pad or an electric blanket to keep the joints loose; use moist heating pads also help. For relief from pain: a cold treatment is usually best. Try an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables. Soaking sore limbs in warm water with Epsom salt may also help reduce pain.
- Acupuncture – This ancient treatment involves small and very thin needles that are inserted in very specific points on your body. While this isn’t for everyone, research has shown it to work. If this interests you, it’s best to find an experienced acupuncturist with good references.
- Massage – Who doesn’t love a good massage? Most people would agree that a massage feels good but it also can help with arthritis. By regularly massaging arthritic joints, it can help reduce pain and stiffness while improving the range of motion overall.
Arthritis Pain Reduction
No one should have to live with the daily pain arthritic conditions bring. Luckily, there are ways to help reduce the pain naturally without taking painkillers or other medications. The methods above are all natural methods and can help lower the pain on a daily basis.
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