10 Arthritis Pain Remedies That Work
Get relief from arthritis with these simple and effective natural remedies
Arthritis is a painful and degenerative disease that is categorised by inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain. It affects up to 80% of people in the population with the 2 main types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis occurs as a result of cartilage wearing away in between the bones creating a bone on bone effect.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by an autoimmune disorder that creates inflammation in the synovial membrane (soft tissue that protects the joints), which can lead to bone loss.
There are a number of natural remedies available to manage and ease the pain caused by arthritis. Ensure you consult with your doctor before trying any of our arthritic pain tips below.
Studies have shown that ginger contains special enzymes making it a natural anti-inflammatory that can help with relieving arthritis pain, especially when paired with turmeric. It can be added to cooking or placed in a drink such as tea or juice.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has natural anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. It is extremely helpful to deal with the pain of rheumatoid arthritis as regular consumption can reduce inflammation.
If anything, it will make your dishes extra tasty!
Some inflammatory diseases such as arthritis can be caused by an imbalance in pH levels in the body. This is generally due to high acidity levels. Epsom salts are a great source of magnesium, which assists with regulating pH levels.
Epsom salts can be ingested by mixing it with equal amounts of fresh lemon juice in a glass of warm water. Or place two cups of Epsom salts in a bowl or bath and soak in it to reduce muscle pain.
Magnesium helps to relax muscles and nerve endings, which in turn relieves stiffness and pain in the joints caused by arthritis. It also works to create stronger bones.
Supplements work effectively when paired with a healthy diet. Foods such as dark leafy greens (spinach), nuts and legumes contain high amounts of magnesium.
Cherries are also a great source of magnesium and potassium, which can assist in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis. The magnesium is a natural pain killer whilst potassium acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce inflammation.
Fish Oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which is a natural anti-inflammatory that can assist in reducing pain and is an essential ingredient for health.
Fish Oil supplements can be taken in the morning on an empty stomach to ease stiff muscles and joint pain
Eating fish three times a week can also boost omega-3 consumption. Salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring and anchovies are great sources of this essential fatty acid.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil contains a natural compound known as oleocanthal, which can help prevent inflammation caused by arthritis. This compound is just as effective as aspirin or ibuprofen in reducing inflammatory pathways.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is recommended as the best to use in cooking as it has the highest smoke point which means it burns away less of the compound when heated compared to regular olive oil. However, adding unheated olive oil to salad dressings will altogether avoid oleocanthal depletion.
It can also be applied and rubbed directly over the joints as a lubricant to loosen the joints and ease arthritis pain.
Physical activity and exercise is essential for those that suffer from arthritis as the regular movement helps to maintain and increase flexibility in the joints.
Low impact exercises such as water aerobics, swimming, cycling, gardening, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and walking. Even simply walking around the house, will help to loosen up the joints.
Theraband resistance bands are also a great rehabilitation tool for arthritis sufferers that can be used in the comfort of your own home. The resistance therapy helps to increase strength and muscle tone as well as range of motion in the joints.
Whatever activity you decide to do, choose something that will build muscles around your joints not damage them.
Whilst there is limited scientific proof, researchers have found some evidence that acupuncture can be effective in relieving joint pain caused by arthritis. If you decide to try this treatment method, ensure you find an experienced acupuncturist.
If you are unsure acupuncture is right for you, learn more from our guide on
What Type of Acupuncture Is Best For You or Relieve Muscle Pain With Dry Needling.
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Regular massage on joints that have arthritis can help reduce the pain and stiffness as well as improving range of motion. You can work with a qualified therapist to do self-massage or schedule regular appointments.
Consult with your doctor in order to find an experienced massage therapist qualified to work on people who suffer from arthritis.
Heat & Cold Therapy
Hot and cold treatment therapy can be very beneficial in easing arthritis pain. In the mornings try to take a long warm shower or bath in order to ease the stiffness in your joints. A heat pack or electric blanket can be used at night to loosen up the joints, especially as it can get cold during the night and you are not moving around as much compared to during the day. Cold treatments are useful in relieving joint pain from inflammation. Apply an ice pack or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel to the painful joint to relieve pain in that area.
‘Thermal’ supports and braces can also be worn to assist with arthritic pain. The thermal supports have been clinically proven to increase skin and muscle temperature and blood flow to assist in pain relief, reducing inflammation and facilitate recovery.
Thermoskin Arthritic Gloves are highly popular with people with Arthritis in the hands, thanks to Thermoskin’s exclusive Trioxon technology designed to increase blood flow and mobility, textured outer pattern for increased grip and fingerless design so not to restrict touch and sensitivity.
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