Fighting Arthritis Pain Naturally
Commonly known to effect the elderly, arthritis is a joint disorder that causes pain and stiffness. While there isn’t any definitive cure for this condition, home remedies and lifestyle changes can reduce its symptoms. For your reading pleasure, we have listed a myriad of natural remedies to decelerate the progression and treat the symptoms of arthritis.
Hot and cold therapy
It has been said that hot and cold treatments work wonders in relieving the pain and inflammation that come with arthritis.
Heat treatments can be simple, like taking a long, warm shower in the morning to help ease loosen any stiffness. An electric blanket or moist heating pad is also said to reduce any discomfort while sleeping.
Cold treatments on the other hand, like a gel ice pack can help relieve joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. You can also use a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel and apply it to painful joints for quick relief. P/S: Don’t apply ice directly.
Capsaicin, an active component from chilli peppers, makes up numerous topical ointments and creams. It naturally grants warmth which in results, soothes joint pain.
Cook using turmeric
Turmeric, the holy grail of Indian cooking yellow is abundant with an inherent property named curcumin, which is rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. There have numerous research pointing towards turmeric aiding in alleviating arthritis pain and inflammation.
Who says exercising can’t be fun? Unlike any other exercise, you don’t have to worry about pressure on the joints with aquatic exercise, because water buoyancy helps support body weight. Plus, the water acts as resistance, which helps increase exercise intensity.
Take up yoga — not just any yoga, Iyengar yoga. This variety of yoga focuses on correct anatomical alignment and uses props to support the body, relieve tension and inflammation. Backed by a research that split 26 participants into two groups — first group practised yoga in two 1.5-hour yoga classes for six weeks, while the other group did not take part in any yoga classes, participants who practised yoga reported significant betterment in health, mood, quality of life and the ability to cope with chronic pain.
There must be a reason why many elderly practise Tai chi. Don’t underestimate this exercise because it’s a low-impact nature incorporates slow and gentle movements to increase flexibility, muscle strength, and balance. In a study that reviewed the effectiveness of tai chi in improving arthritis symptoms, researchers discovered that a 12-week course of tai chi was instrumental in reducing pain and stiffness, and increasing physical function in participants with osteoarthritis.
Mindfulness, a form of meditation, is the quality of being present and fully engaged in whatever it is you’re doing. It may seem unbelievable but mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program that uses mindfulness to help people manage pain and stress, both of which can compromise the immune system.
The soothing characteristic of essential oils won’t cure arthritis, but it can have a powerful impact on your wellbeing, especially when dealing with pain. Oils such as Frankincense and Lavender have the quality to relief pain. While this natural treatment doesn’t affect the conditions that causes inflammation directly, many researches have corroborated its use for pain relief. A massage using essential oils would not only prove relaxing but soothing too. Be sure to test patch the essential oil before using it as some can be irritants.