Today it is estimated that over a quarter of all Americans suffer from some sort of chronic pain, half of which have arthritis.
If you’ve been suffering from arthritis for many years now, you’re probably wondering if there is some way that you can manage the pain you feel from it without having to take pills.
While it is true that over-the-counter prescription medications can be an effective treatment method if used correctly, it’s also true that there are a number of risks that come with taking pills as well, such as unwanted side effects.
Here are the top tips to naturally manage your arthritis pain:
Use Topical Medications
Topical medications are herbal supplements, creams, and gels that can be applied directly to the skin over the site of inflammation. They work by numbing the nerve endings that are close to the skin, which reduces pain and stiffness.
One example of a highly effective topical analgesic is Dit Da Jow, which is regularly used by athletes and fitness enthusiasts from around the world to quickly heal inflammation.
Physical therapy exercises are designed to improve your strength, range of motion, and overall posture while also keeping pain to a minimum. Seeing a physical therapist just once or twice a week will work wonders at managing the pain you feel from arthritis.
You can also research self-massage techniques to massage your joints daily on your own whenever you feel like it as well.
Wear the Right Shoes
Believe it or not, but the shoes you wear can actually have an effect on your arthritis. Wearing flatter and more flexible shoes (such as sneakers or flip flops) will reduce the force that are exerted on your knees by a considerable margin. The benefit, of course, is that your pain will be reduced and range of motion increased.
Use Hot and Cold Treatments
You can also use regular hot and cold treatments on your joints to reduce the pain from arthritis. You can apply hot treatments in the form of warm compresses, heat patches, heating pads, hot wax, and hot baths.
Meanwhile, you can apply cold treatments in the form of ice packs and cold packs, or even a frozen vegetable pack or a cold bath.
The reason why a hot and cold treatment will be effective is because heat will increase the flow of blood in your joints and relax the surrounding muscles, while the cold treatments will supersede your pain sensation and constrict the blood vessels to reduce swelling.
Between the two, heat is definitely more effective for treating arthritis. For the best results, apply a heat treatment for fifteen minutes at least three times a day. Then apply a cold pack at least four times a day for fifteen minute time periods as well.
Naturally Managing Your Arthritis
As you can see, there are many techniques you can use to naturally manage your arthritis without having to be totally reliant on over-the-counter prescription medications.