Relieving Arthritis Pain – A Cheat Sheet

Here’s how it goes: We’re born, we get old, parts wear down, and we get arthritis…

It can put a big “STOP” sign on our lifestyles.

This intruder is caused by the breakdown of the rubbery tissue (cartilage)  that cushions and protects our joints, absorbing the shock and pressure of movement like walking and running. NHS Heroes online pharmacy in the UK

Without cartilage, our bones rub together…pain, swelling and stiffness show up and we just creak…Once the process starts, we can’t reverse it, but there are a few things we can do to slow down the breakdown and get a few more miles in before we buy the wheelchair.

  • Eat a balanced diet:

As they say in physics: every action has a reaction.What you put into your body will have an effect on every aspect of your health.

There are some foods, however, that have been linked to a reduction in symptoms of arthritis.

>>Omega 3 fatty acids have properties that reduce inflammation and swelling in the joints. Foods that contain omega 3s include fish, flaxseed, kiwi and nuts.

>>Whole grains, legumes, nuts and fish contain selenium, a powerful mineral that has antioxidant properties.

>>Eggs, whole milk and fish are excellent sources of Vitamin D, which can prevent arthritis from progressing quickly

  • Low-Impact Exercise

Exercise builds strength, and strength reduces the effects of arthritis. Once you get used to exercising, you can let go of the fear of putting more stress on the joints and being in pain.

Aim for exercises that are low-impact and strength building, including swimming, water aerobics, walking, yoga and stretching exercises.

-  Lose weight:

Extra weight causes more wear and tear, increasing the risk of arthritis in the hip, knee, ankle, and foot joints. Even a few pounds can make a difference.

  • Supplements

>>Glucosamine and Chondroitin are the leading natural remedies for those living with arthritis.

*It’s important that you speak to your medical practitioner before you start taking any supplements, to make sure they do not interfere with the action of your other medicines and that you are taking the right form and dose.

>>Other natural remedies to consider and research include fish oil as well as avocado and soybean oils, although the studies surrounding these supplements are less promising than glucosamine and chondroitin.

  • Acupuncture

>>Acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for the pain caused by arthritis. It prompts the body to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

Acupuncture also blocks the transmission of pain signals in the brain and neutralizes trigger points on the body that are known for causing pain and discomfort.

Finally, acupuncture has a calming effect and this form of relaxation can help strengthen and repair the body.