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Natural Home Remedies for Arthritis Pain
June 23, 2015
Arthritis sufferers often find the hot, humid summers can be painful on damaged joints. Changes in the barometric pressure can worsen stiff and swollen joints. But some older adults experience significant side effects from arthritis medications and are unable to take advantage of them. In some cases, there are natural remedies that can help relieve the pain and symptoms of the disease.
5 Natural Methods for Treating Arthritis
The pain of osteoarthritis can range from uncomfortable to disabling. For some arthritis sufferers, it can make everyday activities difficult.
Here are a few natural remedies that may help:
- Exercise: Routinely engaging in low-impact or non-impact exercise is one of the best ways to manage arthritis. Joint-friendly exercise programs to consider include walking, Tai Chi, aqua aerobics and Pilates. Each can aid in improving range of motion thereby helping to ease the pain and symptoms of the disease. Performing range of motion exercises for hands can also help.
- Anti-Inflammatory Foods: Nutrition can impact the level of inflammation in your body. Some foods increase inflammation and others can help to decrease it. Tomatoes, berries, walnuts, leafy greens, ginger, raisins, kale, olive oil and sweet potatoes can help fight inflammation. Avoiding candy, pastries, sodas, pastas and breads can also help manage inflammation.
- Alternate Cold and Heat: Using a combination of ice alternated with a heating pack can help provide relief from pain and reduce inflammation in swollen joints.
- Acupuncture: While not everyone has success with it, acupuncture has been shown to be a treatment options for some older adults with arthritis.
- Weight Loss: Losing as little as four pounds of extra weight can make a difference for an older adult with arthritis. Some people see their disease improve significantly with a ten to twenty pound weight loss.
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