Arthritis is a term given for a group of conditions that cause muscle, joint and inflammation pain and stiffness throughout the body. Doctors traditionally treat the pain with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. However, an alternative treatment approach to pain relief is becoming increasingly popular.
How to treat Arthritis.
Arthritic pain can change from day to day and is a condition which is prone to ‘flare up’s’. Although there is no common cure for arthritis there are ways to alleviate the pain. Often doctors will prescribe medication. However, on a long term basis, meditation can start to have adverse effects on the body.
Simple everyday changes can fall into place to help a person with arthritic conditions. These things include:
- Making sure they get plenty of rest
- Simple exercise movements to help prevent joints from stiffening
- Regular small walks can help keep muscles and joints active and reduce swelling
Other alternative treatments are:
- Applying natural topical creams to the affected area
- Applying hot and cold therapy to the joints
Arthritis is a chronic condition.
According to the centre of Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/), there are many types of arthritis, and there is no cure for most. However, they say that ‘early diagnosis and correct management’ are important. This especially applies to those inflammatory types of arthritis.
There are many ways you can help relieve the symptoms and pain of Arthritis naturally, please see some listed below which we think can benefit YOU.
Maintain a healthy weight
Your weight can have a significant impact on how arthritis is affected within your body and the pain you may experience from this. Extra weight will cause more pressure on your joints, especially on the areas which are prone to a flare-up such as hips, knees, and feet.
Maintaining a healthy weight will help reduce any stress on your joints and therefore your mobility will be improved and pain decreased, this will also help prevent any future strain or damage on your joints.
Physical activity is vital for joint health and from this, it can help treat arthritis. Exercise is beneficial for strengthening the muscles around the joint and can offer added support and less strain. When looking to help treat generalised arthritis movement can help daily, but other activities such as taking a brisk walk, aerobic exercises such as swimming, jogging, and daily stretches help to improve a range of motion and flexibility.
Hot and Cold Therapy
Simple hot and cold treatments are an effective and easy way to help relieve the symptoms associated with arthritis. Warm showers or baths help to ease the stiffness in your joints, especially in the morning before going about your daily routine. The added help of such things like a hot water bottle or heated blankets can also help to keep your joints loose.
Cold treatments relieve swelling and inflammation around the joints. An ice pack or similar wrapped in a towel and applied to the required area for a short period of time (20 minutes) gives quick pain relief.
Regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness of the area and improve your flexibility as well and allowing consistent blood flow to circulate the area and therefore keeping that area healthy. Learn self-massage techniques to use regularly or book regular appointments with a trained therapist.
Getting the correct Fatty Acids in your diet
Everyone needs Omega 3 fatty acids to help create optimum health. These fats also help with arthritis as they help reduce inflammation and regulate the immune system. You can source Omega 3 fatty acids from foods such as nuts, seeds, fish (Salmon, Tuna and Sardines). Omega 3 is also available to buy as a natural supplement and is found in our Emu Oil capsules.
For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for their anti-inflammatory properties and have shown huge benefits in helping relieve the pain.
Essential oils and their components are rapidly absorbed through the skin and therefore reach the muscles and joints a lot sooner than some other topical creams. Some of the more beneficial essential oils used for the treatment of arthritis include ginger, turmeric, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and chamomile. You can find a lot of these in our balms and body salts.
Meditation and mindfulness
Mindfulness meditation is a meditation in which people try and focus their attention on their feelings and what their body is experiencing. Studies have shown that actively involving meditation into your daily life can help improve your immune system and reduce disease. Those who have practised meditation have shown a reduction in pain, early morning stiffness and reduced swollen and tender joints.
Deep Breathing Technique
Taking slow breaths can help calm and relax the stress receptors that tighten muscles and make the pain worse. When you focus on deep breathing techniques, you to take your brain away from the thoughts of pain.
Natural pain relievers for severe arthritis.
Treating severe arthritis naturally can be a mind field. Determining which natural remedies work depends on the individual. For many, the application of natural topical creams which contain essential oils that offer anti-inflammatory relief is suitable to help relieve the pain. For those suffering from immense pain, treatments such as physical therapy, acupuncture, and electrical nerve stimulation are an option.
Supplements such as glucosamine, omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamin D are regularly bought to keep the body healthy. Other natural arthritis treatments include gels and creams which often include essential oils such as lavender, rosemary, lemongrass and eucalyptus. These hold anti-inflammatory properties and oils such as fish oil, emu oil, turmeric oil, and coconut oil.
Massage and physiotherapy are used to ease arthritis in knee joints. Daily self-massage techniques have positive effects in preventing further pain and inflammation. Visiting a physiotherapist can also help prevent and prolong further arthritic flare up’s. The use of ultrasound frequency and non-invasive treatment is often used over a period of weeks.