Arthritis Pain Management

Regardless of which type of arthritis you are dealing with, you can very likely make changes to your diet and lifestyle to help with your arthritis pain management.

Making some dietary changes can significantly help reduce your inflammation. Incorporating more fish oils in your diet, staying hydrated and avoiding trigger foods can really make a difference to your pain levels.

Gluten-Free Diet

Many people find that once they adopt a gluten free diet, they additionally become more limber. You can still enjoy your favorite carbohydrates such as breads and pastas; however, they just cannot be made from wheat, rye or barley.

Rice flour and coconut flour can be some great alternative options.

Physiotherapy

Many patients report an increase in mobility by working with a trained professional. Incorporating some specific exercises into your day can help you become more flexible over time. It is essential to move the joints in order to increase blood flow. Our blood nourishes muscle and bone tissue and over time can help stiff and stagnant joints feel less painful.

Yoga and Tai Chi

These two forms of exercise are excellent for gently stimulating your circulation and help ‘wake up’ stiff joints that have not been mobile or flexible for quite some time.

These two forms of exercise can be done at your own pace and within a short amount of time. You will soon notice how you can reach further and hold poses for longer.

It is vital to breathe deeply during your routines in order to help bring oxygenated blood to the joints, helping to facilitate the healing process.

Don’t underestimate the healing powers of these two therapies. If you think of these types of therapies as being for the ‘alternative lifestyle’ people, perhaps you might like to take a better look and reconsider. Your arthritis pain may reduce greatly if you do.

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Herbs are so multipurpose. Brewing some tea in the morning and before bed, adding some to the bath water in a homemade nylon bag or topically applying a compress on affected areas can make a positive difference. Most of the herbs used for reducing inflammation are very common and available.

Some of the best known anti-inflammatory herbs include:

  • Turmeric or Curcuma longa
  • Guaiacum or Lignum vitae
  • Cowslip
  • Yellow Dock
  • German and Roman Chamomile
  • Feverfew
  • Fennel
  • Devil’s Claw and Mistletoe.

Aspirin-like Herbs

Many of the pain reliever medications available today originated from natural plants. Willow Bark for example, Wintergreen, Birch, White Poplar bark and Meadowsweet have been used since ancient times for alleviating pain. These are all natural herbs that are known to be similar to aspirin for reducing pain and inflammation.

Oily Fish

People take fish oils to improve their skin and help lubricate their joints. They are great for heart health and improving circulation, and can of course be beneficial for joint problems.

Great fish choices include cod, mackerel and herring. It is advised you include these in your meal plan, and eat at least two fish meals per week.

In countries such as Greenland, where oily fish is a regular part of the diet, heart disease is practically unheard of. What does that tell you?

Compresses           

Another simple method for alleviating arthritis pain is to alternate hot and cold compresses to encourage blood flow to the affected area. Hot and cold therapy works by stimulating your own body’s healing force.

Heat therapy provides pain relief by altering the sensation of pain as it stimulates blood circulation, while also dilating the blood vessels to reduce muscle spasms.

You may use heating pads, heat lamps, warm baths, or heated wash cloths for this kind of therapy.

Conversely, you may also reduce the swelling of your joints by using cold packs which help constrict your blood vessels. Although cold packs can be uncomfortable in the beginning, it helps numb pain and reduce inflammation, which in turn brings relief.

Weight Loss

Weight loss is one of the best ways to lessen the pain brought about by arthritis. Every pound you lose means less strain and pain on your joints. Some people experience complete relief from arthritis pain after losing 10 to 20 pounds.

A study revealed that losing 10% of body fat can significantly lessen arthritis pain and reduce inflammation.

Whatever your choice or choices, measures are available to so you can take some control and manage arthritic pain effectively.