These natural treatments are easy to do and can be done one at a time or together for increased results. Dedicated to Arthritis Awareness Month, here are some ways to say goodbye to stubborn arthritis pain:
1. Apply Heat
When you start to feel joint pain coming on, the best thing to do is apply heat to the area of concern. Heat allows the body to increase blood flow to the muscles that eliminates joint stiffness. Your circulation will improve by adding heat compressions or topical treatments such as IcyHot.
Staying warm or taking a hot shower will also reduce arthritis pain.
2. Stay Active
Although it is difficult to move when you have arthritis, staying active and in motion is the best cure to eliminating stiffness of the joints. Continuous movement actually allows the body to stay active and work to reduce the overall stiffness of mild to moderate arthritis. Check with a doctor about the amount of exercise that your body should endure.
3. Spice Up your Diet
If you like spicy foods, you are already helping to reduce arthritis pain! The spiciness found in Indian and Hispanic foods are great for stimulating circulation and alleviating pain. Turmeric, capsaicin, and cayenne pepper are all great spices to incorporate into your diet to promote circulation and eliminate pain.
4. Add Omega-3 to your Daily Life
Introducing Omega-3 fatty acids into your diet will thoroughly improve your arthritis conditions. According to a recent study, arthritis patients that took 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil (loaded with Omega-3’s) every day were able to cut down their pain medications by one third! The benefits of Omega-3 are reduced pain and inflammation in addition to better joint mobility.
5. Spend Time in the Sauna
One of the best ways to treat arthritis pain is with a little time in the sauna. The dry heat of a sauna is therapeutic; it also provides pain relief. When you’re in a sauna, blood vessels dilate and exude pain relief that heals muscles and soft tissue. After some time in the sauna, you will notice that stiffness and pain may temporarily subside.
6. Enjoy a Massage
A massage is another way to improve upon joint pain and stiffness commonly associated with arthritis. Swedish massage and hot stone are ideal for treating arthritic complications. If you would like to try a massage that will alleviate your arthritis symptoms, please call us at 858-333-SPA1 to book an appointment or get information about arthritis relief.
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