Arthritis is a degenerative, painful condition that causes inflamed joints, pain and stiffness. Often times it gets worse as you get older, so more wear and tear happens to your body. The good news is that there are lots of ways to treat it.
Here are several natural remedies that can help:
Lose weight. If you can shed some extra pounds, you will be putting less stress on your body and joints, particularly the feet, hips and knees, which have to carry you all the time. This can help increase your mobility and decrease pain, as well as reduce the risk of further damage in the future.
Exercise regularly. Regular exercise can help you lose weight as well. However, that is not the single benefit that arises out of it. Exercise will also help you maintain your flexibility. If you suffer from arthritis, try to do low-impact exercises such as swimming or water aerobics, because this way you won’t have to put additional pressure on your already sore joints.
Cold and hot therapy. This is a simple, effective way of easing arthritic pain. Warm baths or even a spa in the morning will get you going. A heating pad or electric blanket on the bed keeps those joints warm and loose at night.
If you need to ease painful joints, use a cold compress. Wrap some frozen vegetables or an ice pack around the sore area and see if it helps.
Fatty acids. You should be eating healthy foods. One aspect of that is eating healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which help decrease pain and joint stiffness. Speak to a dietitian about what foods you should eat to help you cope with arthritis. As a general rule, less processed foods and more fresh fruit, vegetables and fish should be the way to eat for maximum health.
Turmeric. Spice up your meals with turmeric. It is a yellow spice that Indians love to add to their dishes. Curcumin is a chemical in turmeric that has anti-inflammatory properties, thus decreasing the arthritis pain.
Have a massage. You don’t need a relaxation massage. You want a good massage therapist who can work on the stiff joints and tight muscles to ease the tension, reduce pain and increase your range of movement.
These are just a few of the things that will help you cope with arthritis and its unpleasant symptoms. You don’t have to do them all, of course; just try one thing at a time and see what works best for you.