Arthritis is a very degenerative and painful condition that is characterized by inflammation within the joints that causes pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis, which is the most common form of arthritis, worsens with age. It is caused by all of the wear and tear that the body is subjected to over the years.
Traditionally doctors have treated arthritis using painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. However, side effects are caused by some medications, and natural pain relief approaches are becoming increasingly popular. Before attempting any of the following natural remedies, be sure to consult with your doctor first.
1. Lose weight
How much pain you suffer from due to your arthritis can be greatly impacted by your weight. Extra weight places additional pressure on your joints – particularly your feet, hips and knees.
Losing weight can help to reduce the amount of stress that is placed on your joints and help to prevent additional damage to your joints, decrease your pain and improve your mobility.
2. Get More Exercise
Weight loss isn’t the only benefit to be derived from exercise. Regular movement helps with maintaining flexibility within your joints. Performing weight-bearing exercises such as walking and running can cause damage. What you should do instead is to perform low-impact exercises such as swimming or water aerobics in order to keep your joints flexible without adding any more stress to them.
3. Use Cold and Hot Therapy
Basic cold and hot treatments can make a significant difference for arthritis pain. Warm and long baths or showers – particularly in the morning – can help to reduce the stiffness that is in your joints. At night, use a moist heating pad or electric blanket for keeping your joints loose.
To relieve joint pain, cold treatments work best. Wrap up a bag of frozen vegetables or gel ice pack inside of a towel and apply it to your joints for fast pain relief.