6 Tips to Help You Manage Your Arthritis



Arthritis is an umbrella term that encompasses 100 different conditions that cause inflammation of the joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are swelling, pain, limited range of motion, and stiffness, which can range from mild to crippling and debilitating.1 Many traditional treatments for arthritis focus solely on reducing pain with medication, but taking an integrative approach to arthritis management can also be helpful.

1. Exercise

Regular movement is essential to keeping joints flexible and increasing blood flow to areas stiffened with arthritis. Although it may be challenging to exercise with pain, it is important to keep moving as much as possible. Walking or swimming can be good options because they are both low impact on the joints. Weight training and regular stretching can also help keep joints and muscles strong, but flexible.

    2. Diet

    A well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce pain and provide nutritional support to muscles and joints. Eating a diet high in antioxidants from fruits and vegetables can be a great place to start. Additionally, reducing inflammatory foods, such as refined grains, fried foods, or foods high in refined sugar may help.

    There is some evidence that the removal of nightshade vegetables from the diet (tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes) may help lower inflammation, but the results may depend on the individual.2

    3. Sleep

    Sleep is one of the most important health habits, as it allows the body to restore and repair itself. Adequate sleep lowers inflammation and helps with stress management. Research has found a correlation between increased pain and joint stiffness with poor sleep in people with arthritis.3 This is probably no surprise because it is difficult to sleep if you are in pain. Speak to your doctor for suggestions to get better sleep.

    4. Water Therapy

    Hydrotherapy can be quite therapeutic for people with arthritis. Warm water helps muscles relax and reduces stiffness, while cold water can lower inflammation. A 2012 review on hydrotherapy and arthritis found that it helped reduce pain and stiffness, improved mood, and increased grip strength.4 The great thing about water therapy is that it can be easily done in the comfort of your own home with a relaxing bath.

    5. Supplements

    Anti-inflammatory supplements may also help manage arthritis symptoms. Supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, green tea, and curcumin all have anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce pain and swelling caused by arthritis.5,6,7,8,9 Check out this article for a summary of the research on curcumin and osteoarthritis. 

    6. Acupuncture and Massage

    Acupuncture and massage have both been shown to be beneficial for people with arthritis to promote relaxation and pain relief. Acupuncture, in particular electroacupuncture, may help reduce pain and increase endorphins in people with arthritis.10 Massage can also help maintain joint mobility, relieve tension, and improve circulation.

    The goal of taking an integrative approach to arthritis treatment is to help manage the pain and inflammation from many angles. Although arthritis is not curable, symptoms can be managed with a combined lifestyle and medical approach.

     

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    Comments 5
    • Merrie Chaney
      Merrie Chaney

      I have used Qunol Liquid Tumeric 2x daily for my RA last 5 months. Reduced pain, greater flexibility, less inflammation. Absolute improvement in symptoms, will absolutely continue. Very pleased with results.

    • Jim Finch
      Jim Finch

      Qunol is the better CoQ10…you are what you eat…your food is your medicine…..and your medicine is your food….

    • Ruth Hawkins
      Ruth Hawkins

      My cardiac Doctor recommended this I take statins and I was having muscle weakness in legs and forearms,2days after all pain was long gone I use COq10 with Ubiquinol it works for me

    • Zelda Wheeler Holms
      Zelda Wheeler Holms

      I have been taking Qunol Turmeric for 5 mo I have Poly Myalgia. My pain is all gone. Wouldn’t be without it.

    • bernice miles
      bernice miles

      THIS HAS HELP ME WITH MY HANDS & NECK ALSO BEEN HURTING FROM BACK PAIN FROM A FALL IN 2016 IT HAS STOP THAT TOO !!!!!!

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