Osteoarthritis affects nearly 27 million people each year, making it one of the most common diseases in the US. Each year, more & more research for remedies and potential cures is undertaken by various facilities across the world, including the CDC, but no cure has been found…yet. There are however, many practical and simple ways to ease your arthritis pain without resorting to surgery. Light exercise, medications and a variety non-operative therapies such as injections, amniotic grafts and acupuncture can help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by your arthritis.
With roughly half of the population seeking out organic foods and lifestyles, what better time to tell you about some natural remedies that could help ease your arthritis symptoms:
- Exercising: Physical activity is crucial. Low impact activities such as walking, cycling, golf, swimming and yoga may help decrease joint pain & stiffness. For each pound you lose there is a 4lb reduction on the load and pressure in your knee joint. Just think, losing 5lbs relieves 20 pounds off pressure from your painful hip or knee!
- Fresh & Organic Produce: Organic Fruits and Vegetables can help reduce joint inflammation and aid in weight loss, helping you achieve a healthy body weight.
- Epsom Salt Soak: A natural mineral that contains magnesium and sulfate, both of which have unique healing properties. Magnesium is one of the most common elements found in your cells and is required for your muscles and nerves to function properly. By soaking in an Epsom salt bath, your body absorbs the minerals, thereby rebalancing the elements in your joints and reducing the painful inflammation.
- Ginger: Tea, root, etc., Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory which can help reduce the swelling in your joints.
- Massages: Regular Massage can result in a significant decrease in joint pain and stiffness. Being less active because of your pain can lead to increased stiffness in your joints. Break this painful cycle and treat yourself to a spa day!
- Natural Capsaicin Cream: Capsaicin is the active ingredient in hot peppers that make them HOT. Capsaicin Cream works by blocking a nerve chemical or neurotransmitters, called substance P, which sends pain signals to the brain. Eliminating these signals to the brain means no more pain! On a Side Note: It’s normal for a slight burning sensation to occur the first few times you use the cream, similar to the way your mouth feels after eating a hot pepper. You can purchase the cream at your local pharmacy or you can make your own. For a homemade recipe, click here.
- Acupuncture: This is thought to work by causing multiple biological responses. As signals pass through your sensory neurons they connect to different structures in the central nervous system and can even activate pain pathways in the brain. Some use the term “acupuncture analgesia” as it works similar to the way a pain medication functions. Considerable evidence supports the claim that opioid peptides (pain reducing molecules) are released during acupuncture to help regulate your sensitivity to pain.
Although there is no cure yet, there are many way arthritis patients can maintain normal activities. For more tips & tricks of living with arthritis, visit our blog.