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Alternative Treatment Options for Arthritis

By Randi Morse

The inflammation and pain that accompanies arthritis is no joke. It can make doing even the most simple of chores, like opening a pickle jar, next to impossible. People who have arthritis often suffer in silence, resigned to the fact that they are going to be in pain for the rest of their lives. They look to over-the-counter pain medication to help relieve them of their pain in an effort to try to avoid destructive, addictive prescription drugs. The good news is that there are alternative treatment options available for those who are struggling with arthritis pain. 

Heat and Cold

Hot and cold therapy is a favorite alternative treatment option for one reason: it works. The combination of cold and hot work well together to help relieve aching muscles and joints. The cold brings the swelling down while the heat loosens any tight muscles or tendons. When you put the two together you can help alleviate a good portion of the arthritis pain that you're feeling, especially if you deal with it in your extremities, like your fingers, wrists or arms. 

While you could go "old school" and use a frozen package of peas for ice therapy, try investing in a nice, reusable ice pack or ice bag. There are a number of options to choose from in various price ranges. Just make sure that the ice does not touch your skin directly, as direct contact can cause an ice burn to form.

Investing in a nice hot pack is a great option for those who find relief with heat. One of my favorite types of hot packs is a rice bag. We heat it up in the microwave and it retains the heat well. Best of all, because the bag is filled with rice it is able to move and conform to your body easier than many electric heating packs.

Chiropractic Care

When you use chiropractic care in concert with heat and cold therapy, you have a winning combination. The chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are experienced in working with patients who struggle with arthritis pain and can help to create a treatment regimen, such as one that includes ice and heat therapy, to help lower, or even possibly eliminate, the pain that you get from arthritis. With open office hours and affordable rates, let the experienced chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic help you find pain relief from your arthritis.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santa Rosa, Calif.

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