According to the NHS, one in five of the adult UK population suffers from arthritis – a condition that causes stiffness, inflammation and pain in the joints.
There is currently no cure, but medical treatments are offered to help alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life. There are also various therapies and self-management techniques that can be used to help sufferers manage the condition and cope better with the fatigue and sometimes, extreme discomfort that can result.
The following are some of the recommended natural ways to help relieve arthritis pain:
1. Lose weight
In some cases, joint pain can be exacerbated by excess weight. Knee pain in particular can become worse if you are overweight, so embarking on a healthy diet and gentle fitness regime can do wonders to lessen arthritic discomfort and make you feel better. Consider taking up low-impact activities such as swimming, aqua fitness or aerobics that won’t put too much pressure on your joints.
2. Get support
Reaching out to other sufferers provides the opportunity for you to share your experiences and enjoy a sense of release and comfort. You many want to consider finding a local arthritis group to join, or you can go online and read blogs or participate in online discussions. Isolating yourself and not talking about your condition can make you feel worse and less able to cope with the pain.
Many people recommend acupuncture for helping to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by arthritis. Acupuncture works by stimulating the brain and nervous system to produce pain-relieving chemicals that can enhance the body’s natural healing process.
Although it won’t help with the arthritis itself, chiropractic treatment is considered beneficial for helping to treat the muscle spasms that often accompany the condition. Chiropractic treatment is used to break up muscle spasms and scar tissue, which can ease pain.
Occupational therapy provides support and treatment to help ease the effects of a range of conditions and disabilities on everyday living – including arthritis. The aim of this therapy is to help sufferers regain independence and find ways of managing the condition so that it does not hinder their potential.
For those who are weak and unable to properly function as a result of their arthritis, physiotherapy can be invaluable. It is used to help restore the body’s full range of movement and treat parts of the body affected by an illness. Typical techniques involve manipulation and massage which can relieve pain and stiffness in the muscles, improve circulation and promote movement.
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