Arthritis is the term used to refer to a group of conditions that cause joint pain and inflammation. Medical treatment can help but there are also some home remedies that you can try to relieve pain. Arthritis affects more than 50 million adults in USA alone and if you are affected by arthritis you should try one of the following home remedies.
Weight loss. Each pound of body weight is equal to 3 pounds of added stress on the knees and 6 pounds added pressure on your hip joints. The increased pressure causes cartilage between your joints and they break more quickly which worsens osteoarthritis (a type of arthritis). Losing some pounds of your body weight will ease the pressure on your joints and hence reducing pain and stiffness. A person who is overweight has a high chance of getting arthritis.
Aquatic exercises. Aquatic exercises are very beneficial to a person who has arthritis. This is because water provides some resistance which increases the intensity of the exercise. In addition to providing resistance, water supports your body weight which relieves pressure on your joints and hence relieving pain. A scientific review in 2015 revealed that adults with arthritis who did these exercises experienced reduced body fat, improved range of motion, improved quality of life and improved coordination. The adults also experienced some pain relief even though it was for a short term. If you are experiencing a lot of pain it is recommended that you perform aquatic exercises three times a week for a duration of 45 minute to one hour.
Tai chi. Tai chi is an exercise that involves the slow and gentle movement of your body to increase flexibility, balance and muscle strength. A team of researchers conducted a research in 2013 and they revealed that performing a 12 weeks tai chi exercise is effective on reducing arthritis pain. It increases the physical function of a person affected by osteoarthritis and relieves pain effectively.
Hot and cold therapy. Cold and hot therapy are different methods, but they are both very effective in reducing arthritis pain. The heat therapy improves the circulation and soothes stiff joints while the cold therapy restricts your blood vessels which slow the circulation of blood, reduce swelling as well as numb pain. Heat treatment includes:
Bathing with warm water every morning.
Placing hot water with a bottle on your aching joints. You can also use a heating pad.
Placing warm paraffin wax on your aching joints.
Cold treatments should be limited to 20 minutes at most every time you perform them. The cold treatments include.
Wrap a bag of ice on a piece of cloth and then apply it on your aching joints.
Submerge the aching joints in ice water.
Consider using a cold pack.
Regularly massaging your affected joints can help soothe the pain that is resulting from arthritis. According to arthritis foundation, massage lowers your body’s production of stress hormone (cortisol) as well as the production of the neurotransmitter substance P which are associated with joint pains. Massage is also known for improving moods by boosting the levels of your serotonin. A research was conducted in 2013 to investigate the effects of massage on people who have RA in their upper limbs. They were divided into 2 groups. One group received moderate pressure massage while the other group received light pressure massage from trained therapists. After four weeks the group which received moderate pressure massage experienced less pain compared to those who received light pressure massage. In 2015 a similar study was conducted but this time massage was done for knee arthritis. After 4 weeks the participants of the study experienced less pain.
Performing lyengar yoga is also a perfect way to reduce pain caused by arthritis. Lyengar yoga is a type of yoga that focuses on the correct anatomical alignment and usually use props to support your body which relieves tension as well as inflammation. A study conducted in 2013 on the effectiveness of this yoga type. The study had 26 participants and 11 participated on yoga classes for 6 weeks for a duration of one and half hours each session while the remaining 15 did not participate in yoga classes. After the 6 weeks those who participated in the yoga classes had significant improvements in mood, health, quality of life and the ability to cope with chronic diseases.
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