There is no cure for most types of arthritis, but there are many effective ways to live – and live well – if you have some form of the disease. Start by setting reasonable goals: reduce joint pain and other arthritis symptoms, regain and maintain joint function and mobility, slow disease progression. These natural treatments may help to ease some of your arthritis symptoms and help prevent progression.
1. Follow a Healthy Diet
Some foods are believed to increase inflammation and should be avoided, while others are thought to reduce inflammation and may be effective as a regular dietary fixture. Lots of whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. They should make up two-thirds of your plate. Don’t make huge changes to your diet. Don’t skip meals. Eat three healthy meals and a couple of small snacks a day. Omega-3 fatty acids may help with RA pain and morning stiffness. Omega-3s have a natural chemical that’s similar to some painkillers. Oranges, grapefruits, and limes are great sources of vitamin C, which leads to a strong immune system that can help hold off inflammatory diseases like RA.
2. Get Exercise
Exercise is essential for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps fight fatigue. Of course, when stiff, sore joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to run a marathon or swim as fast as an Olympic competitor to help reduce symptoms of arthritis. Even moderate exercise can ease your pain and help you maintain a healthy weight. When arthritis threatens to immobilize you, exercise keeps you moving. Your doctor or physical therapist can recommend exercises for you, which might include range-of-motion exercises, strengthening exercises, aerobic exercise and other activities.
3. Quality Sleep
The pain of arthritis makes it difficult for many people to sleep well. Worse yet, turning and turning at night can actually increase the perception of pain. “If you lie down in pain, you’re almost certain to have trouble sleeping,” says Fontaine. Try to organize your medication schedule so that it gives you maximum relief by the time you go to bed. Avoid doing activities at night that cause flare-ups of arthritis pain. Avoid watching TV, reading, working on your computer, or doing other stimulating activities in bed. Make the bedroom as conducive to sleep as possible. Put up heavy curtains or shades to eliminate distracting lights. Use earplugs if sound is a problem. If you suffer from Knee pain, try positioning a pillow under or between your knees to take some of the pressure off your joints.
Heat or cold therapy works by stimulating your body’s own healing power. For example, heat dilates blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat changes the sensation of pain. You can use dry heat – like heating pads or heat lamps – or moist heat – like hot baths or heated washcloths. Conversely, cold compresses reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels. Although cold compresses may be uncomfortable at first, they can numb a deep pain. When using moist heat therapy, make sure the temperature is not so hot that you burn your skin. Find a temperature that you can comfortably tolerate, whether using a bath, hot water bottle, or spa therapy. Cold packs numb the sore area and reduce inflammation and swelling. Ice packs are especially good for joint pain caused by an arthritis flare.
Acupuncture practitioners believe that a variety of diseases or conditions can block a patient’s qi, which can lead to stiffness or pain. During an appointment, acupuncturists gently insert long, thin needles under the patient’s skin to stimulate qi. So, can acupuncture actually relieve the discomfort or inflammation of arthritis? Healthcare professionals need more research on the extent of the effect of acupuncture on people with arthritis, but some studies have found that some people experience less pain after their acupuncture treatment. Although acupuncture is not a proven solution to chronic illnesses, people with arthritis may find it a useful addition to their medications, physiotherapy, or other conventional treatments to deal with their symptoms.
6. Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Peripheral nerve stimulation is by no means a new treatment, as pain management specialists have been using it since the 1960s. With peripheral nerve stimulation, we locate the nerve that sends pain signals to your brain. and disrupt messaging with electrical impulses. Peripheral nerve stimulation is an outpatient procedure wherein a small electrical device is implanted near a damaged nerve to interrupt pain signals. The peripheral nerves are the nerves found outside of the brain and spinal cord. Before placing a permanent implant, you and your care team will go through a trial run to ensure the implant will produce the desired results. If this proves successful, a permanent implant will be provided. The PNS device is small enough that it can be placed under the skin. You will be provided with a remote that can turn the device on or off as needed.