The following is an excerpt from an article by the Arthritis Foundation:
Natural Relief for Arthritis Pain
There are many ways to manage arthritis pain and get pain relief. No single treatment is guaranteed to produce complete and consistent relief from pain. Often, you need a combination of methods. And you may need to add or stop a treatment over time as your condition changes.
You may get pain relief from nonprescription medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve). Or your doctor can prescribe a stronger medication if those don’t work. But you may have side effects or the medications might not provide complete relief for you. Here are other proven methods you can try to soothe arthritis pain in addition to pills and medical treatments.
Learn about your arthritis pain
Knowledge is power. Find out all you can about pain treatments that are available for you. The more you know, the more you can do. Make your pain a priority to your doctor and your family and friends, so they can support you. Don’t try to tough it out. Talk to your doctor if your pain changes or gets worse.
Take care of your body
- Eat well. To stay as healthy as possible, give your body the best nourishment it needs. You can start making healthier food choices today. Instead of potato chips, reach for an apple and a handful of nuts to snack on.
- Improve your posture. Good posture can prevent future arthritis pain. Years of compensating for a sore knee can result in pain in a hip or ankle. Jutting the abdomen forward can cause lower back pain, as can slouching in a desk chair. Consult a physical therapist. A physical therapist can observe how you sit, stand and walk and teach you how to adjust your posture so you can move with less pain.
- Stay active. Regular exercise strengthens muscles that support the joints and improves flexibility and balance. To start, try a 20–30 minute walk four times a week. If you are new to exercise, a physical therapist can suggest appropriate movements that will improve your strength and range of motion.
- Take a break. Balance activity with periods of rest. Rest can help reduce inflammation. If you need to, take time out to relax your entire body by lying down for 15 minutes. Or allow a specific joint to rest by wearing a brace or splint. Letting yourself refresh mentally and physically can reduce arthritis pain and restore energy.
The full article is available at http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/natural-pain-relief/.
SOURCE: Arthrtitis Foundation | www.arthritis.org
This article excerpt from the Arthritis Foundation stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and how said lifestyle can improve your arthritic pain. Eating well is hugely important in a number of different ways. It helps in losing the useless weight (fat) that can cause unneeded stress to your joints, and it helps with gaining the muscle you need to help support your joints. By improving the body’s position (posture) in one area, we can alleviate pain in multiple areas that you probably wouldn’t expect to be related. One of the biggest issues people with arthritis face is finding the right balance of activity and rest. Exercise can help increase an arthritic joint’s range of motion as well as contribute to fat loss and muscle gain leading to decreased joint pain, but too much of it can cause an exacerbation of that arthritic pain.
Having some trouble in these areas? The Cantrell Center is here to help!
Do you not know what or how much to eat? You should talk to a trainer and get the simplified advice you need for a healthier lifestyle.
Do you have an issue with your posture? You could talk to your doctor about getting physical therapy at the Cantrell Center the only PRI Certified Clinic in the State of Georgia. To learn more about the Postural Restoration Institute, visit: http://www.posturalrestoration.com or call us at (478) 953-3535.
Are you having trouble on deciding what exercises you should do and finding the right balance of rest and activity? You should join our Wellness Center! When you become a member, you are assigned a wellness trainer who will meet with you one-on-one for a personalized consultation appointment.
For those land-lovers of you out there, we have a gym membership that comes with workout programs designed especially for you. We also recently added a second Chair and Balance class (free with the Land Membership) on Tuesdays and Thursdays because our members have been having so much success with it.
For those of you that find your arthritic pain too debilitating to workout in the gym, you can exercise and find relief in our heated indoor pool! We offer several classes throughout the week including aerobics, walking, and even classes specifically designed for arthritis through the Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program. Each class is different and accommodates a wide range of different fitness levels. Whatever you need for your arthritic pain, we have it here! Check us out today!
About the Author
Wellness Trainer, Mark Willis, has been with the Cantrell Center since 2014. He uses his enthusiasm to help motivate and encourage members of the Cantrell Center’s Wellness Program. He graduated from Valdosta State University receiving his Bachelor’s in Exercise Physiology and is a Certified ACSM Health Fitness Specialist. His charisma and expertise draw members to him when they need a push in the right direction.