Arthritis can seriously affect your quality of life. Fortunately, in addition to taking the right medication, there are several things you can do to relieve the pain and reduce the associated symptoms. Here are a few that have proven effective.
It’s important to keep moving, particularly to lubricate your joints. Staying still can actually worsen your symptoms. A kinesiologist or physiotherapist can design a tailor-made exercise program for you to strengthen your muscles and improve your range of movement. However, be sure to rest your joints when the pain is at its worst.
Certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties that can help counter your symptoms. These include fruits, vegetables, nuts and fresh herbs. It’s also essential to drink plenty of water. Conversely, certain foods, such as red meat and fried foods, should be removed from your diet or only eaten in moderation.
Use heat therapy
Heat therapy helps relieve pain and stiffness. If necessary, apply a heat pack or hot water bottle to sore joints for 10 to 15 minutes every hour. However, avoid doing this after applying analgesic lotion. Cold can also be beneficial in reducing inflammation.
Consult a healthcare professional, such as a doctor, pharmacist or physiotherapist, for personalized advice.
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