Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints, and while it’s something commonly associated with the aging process, people of any age (even children) can get arthritis. The bad news is there’s no “cure” for arthritis. However, it is possible to manage joint pain and make it more manageable so that it doesn’t end up controlling your life. The following are some practical steps you can take to dealing with your joint pain.
Eat the Right Foods
It’s no secret that there are many benefits to eating fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole foods. For example, they help to boost your general health and immune system. But, did you know that eating the right foods can help reduce inflammation? Fruits and vegetables can also provide your body with the antioxidants it needs to eradicate free radicals – unstable atoms that can cause damage.
See a Chiropractor
You may not realize it, but a chiropractor can help you with your joint pain. Chiropractors are licensed professionals that can help reduce pain and inflammation in your joints through various methods, such as joint mobilization, stretching, ultrasound, laser therapy, and massage. There are plenty of low-impact exercises you can also take, such as walking, cycling, and swimming. Exercise can help you keep fit and ensure your joints are flexible while strengthening the muscles around them.
Take Long, Warm Baths
One option you can try at home is heat treatment therapy, such as immersing your body in a bath full of warm water first thing in the morning. The idea behind such heat treatment is that it helps enlarge your body’s blood vessels. When your blood vessels get enlarged, more blood and oxygen can pass through them, resulting in reduced discomfort caused by joint pain. Taking a long, warm bath when you wake up is a good idea, especially when it’s a cold morning.
Try Relaxation Techniques
One of the problems caused by arthritis is that it raises your stress levels, and when that happens, you’ll find you can’t cope with the pain and discomfort very well. That’s why it makes sense to find ways of reducing your stress levels. Arguably one of the best methods for achieving that goal is relaxation techniques, such as meditation, tai chi, and yoga.
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