Arthritis is a widely known condition that causes inflammation and damage of the joints. There are more forms of arthritis, starting with osteoarthritis which is the most common one, and others including: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Pseudo-Gout, Septic Arthritis and many more.
No matter what type of arthritis you are suffering from, they all cause extreme pain and uncomfortable feelings such as: joint pain, stiffness, swelling in the joint areas, tenderness, muscle pains and other bad symptoms.
If your condition is severe and in a developed stage, you might not even be able to move or have very limited movements and motions.
The question is: “What can you do to help yourself”?
There are millions and millions of countless medications and therapies out there available for every form and condition regarding arthritis. However, apart from all those medications, there are some other alternative and natural solutions that can make your life easier.
If you are tired of taking so many different pain-killers and tired of going through countless painful procedures, these few simple tips and tricks can be the answer you are looking for. Here are some advises on how to find relief from arthritis in a natural way:
Lose weight – sounds cliché, but unfortunately it is true. When it comes to arthritis, no matter what type of arthritis, the best thing you need to do is losing some pounds. Remember that 1 pound lost for you is 4 pounds pressure lost for knees.
Active exercising – although having to exercise with arthritis can be challenging and painful, try to give it a shot. The best thing would be if you can devote at least half an hour a day for some gentle exercises. Light aerobic exercises plus some strengthening exercises – a winning combination!
Capsaicin – this is a compound found mostly in hot chili peppers. Capsaicin can block your pain nerve receptors and in that way decrease the pain. If you’re not a fan of chili peppers, there is one more efficient and less chili way to use this compound. There are topical creams that you can apply on the painful spots on the skin. Studies have shown that these creams with capsaicin have helped many people to lessen their pains caused by arthritis.
Chiropractic Therapies – this will not help much if you suffer from osteoarthritis (wear and tear of the bones), but can help reduce the pain from the back muscles. Pain in the muscles in your back is a common symptom that almost every form of arthritis includes.
Heat and Cold –packs of hot and cold can also be a way to reduce the pain in your back muscles, especially if you can’t sleep at night because of arthritis.
Physical Therapy – this is something that is not often recommended for people who suffer from arthritis. However, if your pains are severe and your movements are limited, you can benefit from physical therapy. Just be careful because if you suffer from osteoarthritis, the physical therapy must be very light and gentle – you don’t want to break a bone during physical therapy.
Fish oil – fish oil rich with Omega-3s helps with every form of arthritis because it reduces inflammation and it might reduce the need for anti-inflammatory medications or pain-killers.
Acupuncture – although there is still some controversy about the effectiveness of acupuncture, there have been multiple studies that had shown good results. There are also many people who claim that acupuncture had helped them to relieve the pain caused by arthritis conditions. There are no side effects, so why not try it?
Yoga and Meditation – sometimes our brains can be of a huge help. Relax your mind and soul through meditation and visualize your pain leaving your body. Meditation along with gentle yoga exercises can free your body from a lot of unnecessary bad emotions and can help you handle the pain better.
Build Muscles – yes, weird but true, building muscles can slow down your condition development and ease the pains. Arthritis is a condition affecting the bones, and the muscles are the ones that support the bones. So by building muscles, you support your bones and take the pressure off them.
Supplements – researches have shown that supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can be effective in slowing down the development of arthritis, especially osteoarthritis.
Assistance Devices – if you still haven’t found relief, some assistive devices such as braces, splints and canes might be helpful. They can take the weight and the pressure off your joints and by that easing the pain.