Conventional medical treatments for arthritis are aimed at controlling inflammation, slowing the progression of the disease and reducing pain. However, medication isn’t the only way to manage arthritis pain. Some of the following natural therapies can also help.
Exercise can keep your joints flexible and strengthen muscles around your joints for more support. Choose low-impact exercises such as walking, cycling, swimming, yoga and tai chi.
- Weight Loss
Extra weight adds more pressure on your joints, especially your hips, knees and feet. If you are overweight, losing weight can decrease pain, improve your mobility and help you avoid further damage to the affected joints. Consult your doctor to determine an appropriate target weight and create a plan for how you can get there.
- Healthy Diet
A healthy diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and whole foods can help boost your immune system and your overall health, with some evidence indicating that diet plays a role in the severity of arthritis pain. A healthy diet with plenty of antioxidants can reduce inflammation while processed food, added sugar and saturated fat can aggravate inflammation.
Gentle massages with moderate pressure can reduce joint pain and stiffness, even improving range of motion. However, it’s important to consider timing and your specific symptoms. Listen to your body. Massage may not be helpful during an active flare when joints are especially sore and sensitive. Look for a massage therapist who has experience treating people with arthritis.
Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin, small needles through the skin at specific acupoints on the body. It can stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissue, improve blood flow and activate your body’s natural painkillers. While there isn’t a scientific consensus about its ability to reduce arthritis pain, it can offer relief according to some sufferers.
- Hot and Cold Therapy
Heat and cold treatments can relieve arthritis pain and reduce inflammation. Heat treatments include taking a long, warm shower or bath in the morning and using an electric blanket to reduce discomfort overnight. Cold treatments can also help relieve joint pain, swelling and inflammation. Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief.
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