Arthritis can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you think you are experiencing pain related to arthritis, here are some pain management methods to help you get through the day.
Hydrotherapy, Acupuncture, Massages
There are many different types of therapies that can help with pain and discomfort. Some of the more effective methods to help with pain or loss of mobility caused by arthritis are hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Hydrotherapy is the most versatile of these three. You can either draw a warm or cold bath, or head to a spa for a steam bath. Any method of using water at varying temperatures will give you the health benefits of relieving pain and increasing mobility.
Acupuncture has been used to treat pain in general, including pain associated with arthritis. As opposed to certain forms of hydrotherapy, this will require you to make an appointment with a specialist but has been proven to relieve pain nonetheless.
The last form of therapy that is proven as a natural remedy to arthritis pain is a massage. Massages work to relieve pain by relaxing muscle tissues as well as using other nerve fibers besides those already in pain, to send competing messages to your brain. Almost like an older sibling punching your right arm to make you forget about the left one in pain.
One of the best pain management techniques is prevention, and that is exactly what stretching can do! While arthritis cannot be avoided by stretching alone, it is proven to help avoid some of the minor pain that comes alongside arthritis.
By stretching you are actively relieving pressure on your joints, which is exactly where the inflammation from arthritis occurs. The best times to stretch are in the morning and at night, or before and after you finish some physical activity!
Yoga, Weight Loss, Etc.
It is no surprise that a good practice to pain management caused by arthritis is exercise, specifically low impact movements that promote weight loss such as yoga or taking a walk. The stronger your muscles are and the less you weigh, the less stress you are putting on your joints. The main focus with exercise with arthritis though are movements that are doable with inflammation already occurring. The goal with exercise is to increase strength and mobility over time, which will help relieve pain caused by arthritis. Starting out, some of the movements might be out of reach immediately due to pain. Luckily there are a few topical remedies available to help relieve pain.
Capsiva is a new, topical pain-relieving gel that uses the real benefits of capsaicin to block pain signals and promote natural blood flow. The reason this pain-relieving gel made the list over the hundreds of other brands is because of the way they are able to use a natural form of capsaicin in their “secret sauce”.
They have found a way to remove the burning sensation and side effects of capsaicin to give you the most effective pain relief that in most cases can end up healing your pain and reducing inflammation, rather than masking it.
Ice Pack/Heat Pack
Similar to Capsiva, another super-easy topical way to help relieve your arthritis pain is by using an ice pack and a heat pack. Just like the pain-relieving gel, using an ice pack can soothe the pain caused by arthritis by reducing inflammation and numbing the area, while a heat pack will increase blood flow to reduce the inflammation.