Simple Solutions for Arthritis Pain Relief
By Stephen R. Farris
Arthritis pain can be difficult on a person's joints, especially as they get older. It can cause stiffness and cracking, usually in the knees, ankles, hips, and arms or shoulders.
Usually a person has one or two types of arthritis, osteoarthritis (OA) or rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Osteoarthritis usually occurs from bones rubbing together, causing friction and eventually wearing them down and causing further damage, while RA is a systemic condition and can cause pain in healthy joint tissue.
Usually medication is prescribed to help with the pain caused by arthritis, whether it is from OA or RA; however, relief can result from natural remedies. As always, consult with your doctor or chiropractor before taking any medication or therapy, natural or prescribed.
One way to combat arthritis pain, or at least lessen the effects, is to try meditation exercises. The most popular forms of meditation exercises are yoga and tai chi, but there are others out there you might want to try. Both yoga and tai chi use slower motion movements, relaxation, and breathing techniques in low-impact increments. Meditation exercise can help with anxiety problems, stress, and depression, which can happen in older adults due to reduced mobility and flexibility caused by arthritis pain.
Get on a Healthy Diet Plan
Certain foods we eat can lessen the pain of arthritis or make it worse. Eating more fresh, green leafy vegetables, and fruits, can help reduce your chances of inflammation due to antioxidants found in them. Antioxidants help get rid of free radicals in the body, which can be traced to aiding inflammation. Also try eating foods with Vitamin D and natural fish oils. Vitamin D is usually found in dairy products, such as cheese, milk, and yogurt, while fish -- salmon, tuna, trout -- contain the fatty oils your body needs.
According to research, turmeric -- which contains the chemical curcumin -- is said to help reduce inflammation caused by arthritis. It's available in the spice aisle of just about any supermarket and is also available as a supplement. In powder form, it can be used in cooking.
Probably one of the more relaxing ways to get relief from arthritis pain is by getting a massage. Massage therapy can help loosen up stiff muscles around the joints by making them more relaxed.
As always, talk with your local chiropractor about your arthritis condition. They can help you get relief from the pain through chiropractic care and set up treatment options. Your local chiropractor can also help with pain relief in your back and neck as well.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.