Do you suffer with Arthritis?
Symptoms include fatigue, joint pain or joint tenderness, maybe swelling or stiffness of the joints, anaemia, and even fever.
There are many different types of arthritis which can affect anybody regardless of age, sex, or race, and Doctors will treat it with anti-inflammatories and painkiller medication.
Osteoarthritis – This is the most common type of arthritis which tends to gets worse with age. When the cartilage, which is the cushion between bones, wears down, the bones in the joint grate on each other. This can cause mild to severe pain. Various factors can lead to the development of osteoarthritis, including injury or overuse of the joints, excess body weight, or a family history of arthritis.
Rheumatoid arthritis - The body's immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. This lining, known as the synovial membrane, becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.
Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis, but with the right treatment you can greatly reduce the symptoms and pain associated with them.
Here are ten natural ways to help ease the pain from arthritis;
1. Nature’s own anti-inflammatory's; Turmeric/curcumin, which lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation. Ginger is also a known anti-inflammatory. Add either or both to meals, and also make into a drink such as tea.
2. Magnesium - It relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain. Our bodies can’t produce magnesium naturally, so eat foods that are high in magnesium; these include dark leafy greens (like spinach), nuts, and legumes (beans and lentils).
3. Omega-3 fatty acids – Can help reduce joint stiffness and pain. You can get omega-3 from walnuts, chia, flax and hemp seeds, and also seaweed, and algae such as spirulina.
Exercise & Weight Loss
4. Exercise helps ease stiff joints and lubricate them, while getting more oxygen into your blood stream and circulating around your body. Walking, swimming and cycling are all gentle and low impact activities you could try, and strengthening your muscles adds additional support to your joints. Exercise could also lead to a little weight loss…
5. Weight loss – Having excess body weight could be putting extra pressure on your joints, and maintaining a regular weight will help to take the strain off of your joints.
Tai Chi is a wonderful, low impact exercise. Not only will it get you moving, it will strengthen your muscles and help relax your mind through mindfulness breathing techniques.
Hot & Cold Therapy
6. Hot and cold therapy – Warm showers or baths, especially in the morning, help ease joint stiffness. Use a cold compresses for quick relief from joint pain.
7. Electric blanket – Perfect for the colder months especially, use it to keep your body warm during the night and possibly ease your morning joint stiffness.
8. Acupuncture – Ancient Chinese medical treatment that is used to re-rout energies and restore balance in your body by the careful placement of small needles in certain parts of your body.
9. Meditation – Relaxation techniques may be able to help you reduce the pain by reducing stress and enabling you to cope with it better. Learning how to clear your mind and take away your focus from the pain you feel from your joints could help you manage it when it flares up.
10. Magnetic therapy – By the placement of strong neodymium magnets on the body, your blood cells will be stimulated and encourage your body to produce cortisol, which is its own natural anti-inflammatory. This will improve blood circulation and reduce swelling of the joints. Some magnetic therapy jewellery also contains, or is made entirely from, copper. Copper is believed to be absorbed through the skin and taken into the blood stream, helping to alleviate joint swelling and stiffness.