Dealing with arthritis pain can be crippling. I should know as I was diagnosed last January with arthritis in my hands and a couple other joints in my body.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, pain from arthritis and related diseases results from several factors, including:
✳️ Inflammation that contributes to the redness and swelling in your joints.
✳️ Damage to joint tissues from the disease or from stress, injury or pressure on the joints.
In addition to physical changes, emotional stress and fatigue can add to your pain. But remember ... pain is your body’s alarm system — it tells you something is wrong.
Of course there are prescriptions that doctors can give you that can help, but they may have some side effects you want to avoid so I wanted to offer some alternative remedies that I have found helpful for me:
❇️ Heat and Cold Therapy - Using heat and cold treatment can reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Cold packs numb the sore area and reduce inflammation and swelling. Heat, such as heating pads or moist heat like warm baths, showers or hot tub, relaxes your muscles and stimulates blood circulation.
❇️ Massage - Having a massage or giving a self-massage brings warmth and relaxation to the painful area. Remember to stop if you feel too much pain and don’t massage a joint that is very swollen or painful.
❇️ Stretches - Something that has helped me is to do some hand stretching as that is where my arthritis hurts me the most. Placing my fingertips together and pushing inward helps to stretch my joints and gives me temporary relief of the pain when I have overworked them.
❇️ Get Good Supplements - Making sure you take extra Salmon Oil and Glucosamine can help to naturally reduce the inflammation.
The Salmon Oil I take is screened for more than 200 potential contaminants, includes all 8 Omega-3 fatty acids, and was proven in an independent study showed it lowered inflammatory index by 68% in just 8 weeks.
Glucosamine supports healthy joint function and regenerates lost or damaged cartilage and boosts the body's natural anti-inflammatory capacity.
Adding these two supplements to my diet I feel have helped me find a natural alternative to deal with the pain that I experience from my arthritis, especially when I over do it.
❇️ Keeping a Positive Attitude - Arthritis may limit some of the things you can do, but it doesn’t have to control your life. Another way to reduce your pain is to build your life around wellness, not pain or sickness. This means thinking positive thoughts, having a sense of humor, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, surrounding yourself with positive people and enjoying activities with family and friends.
I love spending time with God, writing, reading, snowshoeing, playing country music with my husband, my furry babies, and I am passionate about helping people recognize their potential to live life to its fullest!!!