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4 Ways to Get Relief From Arthritis Pain

By Stephen R. Farris

Arthritis pain can hit anyone during their life. It's usually defined as a degenerative condition, and usually gets worse as time goes on.

The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Normally they are referred to as OA and RA in the medical world.

If you have arthritis symptoms or conditions, usually your physician will prescribe medication to help lessen the pain when flare-ups occur. But there are a few alternatives you can try on your own rather than depend entirely on medication to get relief.

Weight Loss

Even carrying a few extra pounds can put undue strain on your joints, thus causing them to feel achy a lot more than usual. Switching up your diet and maintaining a healthy weight can lessen those aches and pains in the long run. Not only that, but it can also help improve your mobility and keep you from damaging your joints in the future.

Exercise

Mobility, flexibility, muscle strength are all things that can lead to less arthritis pain. Combined with a healthy diet, you should be able to feel the difference with less pain on your joints. You might try a brisk walk in the morning or evenings, riding a bicycle, swimming, and/or aerobic exercises.

Ice and Heat

When your joints feel inflamed due to your arthritic condition, you can get temporary pain relief by resting and using cold or heat therapy. Using an ice bag can help reduce inflammation, while heat can loosen up stiff joints and muscles. There are several cold/hot creams available at your pharmacy or supermarket that are designed for use on joints and muscles. Some even contain capsaicin -- from chili peppers -- which gives you that heat feeling when applied.

Acupuncture

For those folks over the age of 50, you might remember an old television commercial that ended with a guy telling his customer the secret to his product was an "ancient Chinese secret." If you've ever used acupuncture, it too, is one of those ancient Chinese secrets that has become popular over the years as a form of pain relief. The technique could also be tried to help relieve arthritis pain.

Don't forget to talk with your local chiropractor about your arthritis pain. They can help by providing tips and suggestions, and may be able to provide treatment options so you can get relief from the pain. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.

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