With the arrival of May, National Arthritis Month sheds light on the more than 46 million Americans afflicted by arthritis. The term is universal for over 100 different conditions. Certain remedies exist to lessen the pain and keep it from greatly affecting your daily life.
Exercise aerobically. Daily exercise can help reduce stiffness and pain, which can preserve and improve the health of your bones and joints.
• If you’re just beginning a routine, try a 30 minute walk three times a week.
• Swimming or water aerobics are low-impact exercises that will strengthen the muscles around your spine to relieve back pain and improve mobility.
• Start slow, and be careful to not overexert yourself. Cut back if your exercises cause you pain more than 30 minutes after your workout.
Eat a well-balanced diet. Keep your weight down by eating a diet of moderation. Taking a multi-vitamin will ensure that you get daily requirements of essential minerals like calcium.
Use a capsaicin cream. Capsaicin is the active component of hot peppers. Putting capsaicin cream on your joints blocks your nerve cells from transmitting pain impulses.
Gear up with ginger. Studies show that ginger can block inflammation. Easily add to your diet by steeping a few slivers of fresh ginger in a tea ball in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Let it cool and serve.
Straighten up. Your mother was right. Bad posture puts pressure on your joints, causing wear and tear on your bones and cartilage. It can cause extra pain for those with arthritis, so stand up straight to save your knees and hips.
Increase your fiber. Eating high-fiber foods can prevent and minimize osteoarthritis in two ways. Fiber fills you up, so you’re less likely to overeat and gain weight. Fiber picks up inflammatory toxins and hormones and carries them out. This reduces the chance of experiencing osteoarthritis pain.
Choose hot or cold. If you feel arthritis pain flaring, use ice for sudden flare-ups, chronic pain, or when joints are inflamed. Use heat when you feel sore and achy.
Use acetaminophen. A daily dose of acetaminophen can help with minor arthritis pain. While it doesn’t work for everyone, it can be a safe way to deal with pain because it will not cause stomach problems.
*Prevention Magazine, Jan. 2010