According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from some type of arthritis. The disease inflames your joints that can ultimately cause permanent joint damage. It can also affect other organs in your body, such as your skin, heart, eyes, lungs, and kidneys.
If you have arthritis, you know how debilitating it can be. It can limit your activity and cause swelling, stiffness, and pain. The older you get, the worse the condition can become. Although there is medication to help relieve the pain, surgery may be in your future if it damages your joints.
When you pop a pill to relieve arthritis pain, you could be causing more damage to your body than you know. But no one wants to live in constant pain. Isn’t there a way to naturally relieve your pain?
Fortunately, there is.
Natural Remedies to Arthritis Pain
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis (OA). It is a degenerative disease that causes the cartilage between your joints to wear away. Once that cartilage is gone, there’s no way to regrow it back. Your joint bones will then begin to grind together, better known as bone on bone. As time progresses, the joints will lose strength and cause chronic pain.
Although the easiest way to relieve that pain is to take an aspirin or painkiller, there are more natural remedies available. Here are five ways you can manage your pain:
Low impact exercises like aquatic aerobics, yoga, or tai chi can be extremely beneficial. Researchers found that adults with OA who participated in an aquatic exercise program experienced a reduction in arthritis pain, even though it was in the short-term.
Not only will physical activity help you maintain a healthy weight, but it can improve your coordination, balance, and range of motion. Plus, the endorphins can put you in a great mood!
The more weight we carry, the more strain we put on our knees and hip joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, each pound of body weight equates to 3 pounds of added stress. The more weight, more pressure. And the more pressure means the cartilage between your joints breaks down faster, worsening your arthritis.
By losing weight, you’re easing that pressure on your joints, and you’ll see a reduction in pain and stiffness.
When you practice mindfulness meditation, you focus your attention on what your body is feeling at that moment. It helps reduce your stress level, allowing you to manage your pain and improve your immune system.
And it can help with your rheumatoid arthritis. In a 2014 study, a group of people with RA who practiced meditation for eight weeks had shown a reduction in their symptoms, including pain and stiffness.
Who doesn’t love a good massage? Especially if your muscles and joints are in pain.
Regularly massaging your muscles and joints can soothe arthritis pain, improve your serotonin levels, and lower your stress hormones as well as neurotransmitter substances associated with pain. Massages can also help with your range of motion and the strength of your grip.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy each have their benefits in helping arthritis pain. Heat therapy can boost your circulation, ease stiff joints, and relieve aching muscles. Meanwhile, cold therapy restricts blood vessels, slowing circulation to alleviate swelling and numbing pain. But be careful — these treatments can easily damage your skin.
Speaking of heat therapy…
Far Infrared Therapy
As we’ve said in a previous blog, far infrared therapy can help decrease the inflammation in your body, causing better blood flow and resulting in less pain. And this is what the Gladiator Therapeutics Far Infrared Device can do for your arthritis.
We’ve had hundreds of clients who have arthritis tell us how the device has helped their symptoms and improved the quality of their lives. All you need to do is use the device on your aching joints for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. That’s it!
If you have arthritis and looking for a natural treatment to your pain, we are here to help.