Arthritis is a painful condition that, contrary to what many expect, affects people of all ages. Inflammation of the joints causes extreme stiffness and pain that gradually causes wear and tear on the body. Medication is often necessary, but many patients look for a natural arthritis remedy to accompany their treatment. Natural arthritis remedies have been around for a long time and have been known to help relieve pain and have lasting benefits. There are also several new alternative arthritis treatments available that are making a huge impact in the arthritis community. Always consult your doctor before trying any new remedies and to ensure you achieve the best results.
The trick to using exercise as a natural arthritis remedy is finding what works for you. The idea of exercising with painful joints might sound rather intimidating, but starting small is all it takes to put you on the path to relief. Swimming, yoga, and walking are all great, low-impact, ways to start exercising.
Regular use of massage therapy as a natural arthritis remedy can lead to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength, and overall function of the joints. Massage actually reduces the body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol, while it boosts the production of serotonin, a good mood combo. Massage also lowers the neurotransmitter substance P, which is linked to pain. Better mood and less pain is a win-win!
Float therapy has been greatly increasing in popularity, especially as a natural arthritis remedy. An isolation, or float, tank is a lightless, soundproof tank. Users float in salt water at skin temperature (94-95 degrees F), usually for 60 minutes at a time. These tanks are used for meditation, relaxation, and in alternative medicine. “Time in the float tank can provide much-needed relief from pain, as well as enhance the positive effects of other pain management strategies for arthritis.” Float therapy is a natural arthritis remedy that can help with both stress and pain management.
“Untying muscular straitjackets” is a way used to describe how acupuncture is meant to work on the body. Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine that involves thin needles being inserted into the body. It is questionable whether acupuncture has actual results on pain relief for arthritis. But, experts suggest that even a placebo effect from the treatment could have patients feeling better. Acupuncture as a natural arthritis remedy has been most successful for osteoarthritis patients.
Whole body cryotherapy as a natural arthritis remedy has been proven successful in a whole range of clinical studies. Specifically, cryotherapy for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to be successful. Treatment involves stepping into a chamber where the temp drops between -166 and -319ºF, through the use of liquid nitrogen. Two to three minutes of exposure is all you need to complete the treatment. This is just long enough for your surface temperature to drop. Cryotherapy has been known to reduce pain and inflammation, improve mobility and joint function, and reduce medicine intake, as well as boost general well-being.
WHICH NATURAL ARTHRITIS REMEDIES HAVE YOU TRIED?
Visit Massage Envy on September 28th for the Healing Hands for Arthritis event. $10 of every massage will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. You will be helping the foundation find a cure for America’s leading cause of disability.