How to Improve Your Arthritis Symptoms
By Sara Butler
Arthritis can be a real pain – in the joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 53 million Americans have arthritis – about 23 percent of adults. That’s a lot of people in pain every single day. The good news is that if you’re one of these people, there are things you can do every day to help improve your symptoms and ultimately improve your pain. Here are a few things that might just help.
It may hurt to move sometimes, but getting your body moving is one of the best things you can do to help control your arthritis symptoms. Low-impact activities, such as swimming, are going to be the best activities for you to participate in to help increase your mobility and flexibility. You should discuss any new exercise program with your doctor or chiropractor before you start. They may have some more recommendations about the type, duration, and frequency of exercises that can help you the most.
If you can make a few simple changes to your daily diet, then it may have an impact on flare-ups you experience with your arthritis. A few changes to consider include:
- Fewer saturated fats
- More good fats
- Increased lean protein
- Increased intake of calcium
- Cut out excess sugar
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
Making a few changes to your diet can also help you to control your weight, which can be kinder to your joints and lessen the amount of pain you are in.
Try to Manage Your Stress Levels
Arthritis pain can be made even worse by stress. Ask your chiropractor about ways in which you can help to manage and eventually lessen the stress in your life. They might recommend activities such as exercise, getting more sleep, meditation, and other coping techniques.
See Your Chiropractor
Your chiropractor will make sure your body is balanced, flexible, and aligned, which can help to take unnecessary stress off of your joints and can help to manage arthritis pain. They can also offer you information on non-invasive and natural treatments such as heat/cold therapy and stretching.
Smoking is bad for your whole body, and can also make arthritis worse. If you can work to quit smoking, it may help to decrease the severity of the arthritis symptoms you are experiencing. It will also give a big boost to your overall health and wellness, which is never a bad thing! If you’re struggling to kick the habit, discuss it with your chiropractor.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.