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What You Should Know About Dealing with the Pain of Arthritis

 

Inflammation can lead to serious health issues. Last December we explained how inflammation is our body’s response to serious problems but when immune cells overreact, it can have devastatingly negative effects.

One of the common conditions caused by the negative effects of out of control inflammation is arthritis. Arthritis is a painful and uncomfortable condition resulting from different causes. Arthritis sufferers experience similar symptoms of inflammation, pain, and stiffness. Treatment for arthritis depends on the underlying cause. In some cases, medication, physical therapy or surgery are needed.

Today, there are alternative treatments to medication and surgery that can be very effective. Joint pain and stiffness from arthritis can be a daily challenge. While conventional treatments work to control inflammation and slow disease progression, there are natural therapies that can play an important role in how you feel.

There are a number of different natural ways to relieve arthritis pain. Healthline.com offers these nine suggestions:

  1. Lose Weight. Your weight can make a big impact on the amount of pain you experience from arthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints—especially your knees, hips, and feet.
  2. Get More Exercise. There are more benefits to exercise than just weight loss. Regular movement helps to maintain flexibility in your joints.
  3. Use Hot and Cold Therapy. Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths—especially in the morning—help ease stiffness in your joints.
  4. Try Acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. This is supposed to re-route energies and restore balance in your body.
  5. Use Meditation to Cope With Pain. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies have found that the practice of mindfulness meditation is helpful for some people with painful joints.
  6. Include the Right Fatty Acids in Your Diet. Everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diets for optimum health. However, these fats may also help your arthritis. Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, may help reduce joint stiffness and pain.
  7. Add Turmeric to Dishes. Turmeric, the yellow spice common in Indian dishes, contains a chemical called curcumin that may be able to reduce arthritis pain. The secret is its anti-inflammatory properties.
  8. Get a Massage. According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness, and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly.
  9. Consider Herbal Supplements. There are many kinds of herbal supplements on the market that claim to be able to reduce joint pain. Some of the herbs touted for arthritis pain include boswellia, bromelain, devil’s claw, ginkgo, stinging nettle, and thunder god vine.

The more you know about your health, the better you’ll feel. At Good Days, we’re dedicated to helping people achieve a healthier and happier life. Helping people live good days, every day. That’s Good Days.
Sources: Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Arthritis  |  Natural relief from arthritis pain