Monday, March 7, 2022
Research into medications to treat arthritis is ongoing and there is no current cure, however a healthy diet, rest, stress management and exercise can help improve your quality of life. Over the counter medications and certain treatments can help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation, in addition there are also other ways to relieve the pain of arthritis flare-ups. Below are a list of alternative remedies if you are suffering from an arthritis flare up.
Rest and relaxation - Getting enough sleep is already important, but it’s even more important for those with arthritis. Getting at least eight hours of sleep every night really helps. If you struggle to get a full nights sleep take a nap in the afternoon.
Exercise - Exercising regularly is a great way to fight fatigue, strengthen muscles, and increase the range of motion in your joints. Gentle stretching, walking and swimming are usually good choices which are relatively low-impact. You will want to avoid high-impact sports that will aggravate the joints more, causing them to become tender or inflamed. Your doctor can recommend exercises for you if necessary.
Tai Chi - This Chinese martial art combines slow movements with deep breathing. It exercises the mind, body, and spirit. Studies have suggested that it can really help with those suffering from arthritis.
Creams, Gels and Lotions - Topical creams, gels, and lotions can be rubbed directly onto the affected area to help ease painful joints.
Fish Oil Supplements - Studies show that fish oil supplements may reduce pain and stiffness caused by arthritis. However, check with your pharmacist before adding a fish oil supplement into your diet as they can interfere with other medications.
Plant Oils - Plant oils are thought to reduce pain and morning stiffness associated with arthritis. Evening primrose oil, for example, contains a fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid and may provide you with some relief from your symptoms. Check with your pharmacist before taking plant oils as they can interfere with other medications.
Heat and Cold - Ice packs can help to ease swelling on inflamed joints, as well as helping to numb the pain and relax the muscles. Heat can also help - tight, aching muscles can be soothed by applying a hot towel or heating pad.
Assistive Devices - Splints, braces and neck collars are other options to consider when you want to rest inflamed joints. Similarly, canes and crutches can take weight off joints and make it easier for you to walk.