7 Ways To Alleviate Arthritis Pain
Arthritis is a condition characterized by painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 52.5 million U.S. adults suffer from either arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, fibromyalgia, or lupus.
In Chinese Medicine, pain is caused by a blockage of Qi, or the energy flowing through your body, particularly the joints, in arthritis. Here are some things you can do to help ease your pain:
#1) Take a Joint Supplement
Whether your arthritis is minor or severe, get into the habit of taking a daily joint supplement. Glucosamine and chondroitin are powerful compounds which have been proven to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. These two compounds are building blocks of cartilage, and taking a supplement containing them will protect and strengthen your own body’s cartilage while subsequently protecting your joints. It’s important to take these supplements every day, long-term, in order for them to work.
#2) Maintain a Healthy Weight
One step in reducing the pain and inflammation of arthritis is to manage your weight. People who are overweight may experience more arthritis flareups, and with worsening symptoms. The excess weight places pressure against the already inflamed joints, causing additional pain and stiffness.
It may be difficult to stay active when the slightest movements cause sharp pain in your joints. However, gentle movement like walking, Qigong, Tai Qi and yoga can help. Studies have shown that regular, low-impact exercise (e.g. walking or swimming) will reduce the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
You might be surprised to learn that meditation can alleviate arthritis pain and discomfort. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) even published an article on its website, citing meditation as being an effective form of treatment for people with joint pain.
#5) Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for good health, but they are particularly beneficial for people suffering from arthritis. Omega-3s strengthen and protect the joints, which in turn alleviates the symptoms of arthritis. Fish oil is an excellent source of omega 3s, and there are options available for vegans and vegetarians.
Many times when people start to get joint pain in the fingers, it’s really a build-up of toxins in the body. Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world, overloaded with pesticides and chemicals. If the body can’t get rid of the toxins, they build up in the system, and joint pain is one of the symptoms. There are simple detox protocols that can help.
Acupuncture is a great way to alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis. This centuries-old practice involves the placement of fine needles to restore the body’s flow of energy (Qi) and stimulate its self-healing mechanism. When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, it can remove the energy blockages that cause the pain, thereby relieving the symptoms.
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