It was only a sprain…or so we thought.
My mum in her late 60’s insists on running her shop business.
While trying to lock up her shop for the day (her sales boy left early), she tripped, fell and “sprained” her ankle.
Honestly I thought she was exaggerating the pain and only wanted our attention.
First it was an ankle pain.
Then it became a sore knee…and then the pain got worse.
Then Came The Search…
She had every checkup and x-ray and nothing was broken…but my agile, super-active mum was in excruciating knee joint pain.
Months went by and the pain persisted.
Things got so bad that she actually had to start using a walking stick as support!
Believe me – we tried everything!
You name it. Pain killers. Popular brand supplements (heck; super-expensive too!). Prescribed drugs. Over-the-counter drugs. Herbal remedies. Homeopathic massage.
You know how it is…some of these worked for a while and then stopped working.
Others were just a waste of good money…and that was my first forehand experience with arthritis. My mum was diagnosed with severe osteoarthritis.
Does this story sound familiar?
Arthritis is group of painful and degenerative conditions marked by inflammation in the joints that causes stiffness and pain.
Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, gets worse with age and is caused by wear and tear over the years.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by the immune system attacking the joints as if they were foreign tissues. Because of this, rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease.
Medical statistics show that an estimated one in ten Nigerian adults have been diagnosed with arthritis. Arthritis is a major cause of disability in most elderly. Left untreated, it can cause:
- chronic pain
- extreme fatigue
- limb deformities
- impaired range of motion
- and may even lead to surgery
Doctors traditionally treat arthritis with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers. However, most medications cause side effects, and a natural approach to pain relief is becoming more popular to get results.
Here Are Nine Powerful Alternative Remedies To Reduce Joint Pain Inflammation And Arthritis Pain:
1. Lose weight
Your weight can make a big impact on the amount of pain you experience from arthritis. Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints — especially your knees, hips, and feet.
Reducing the stress on your joints by losing weight will improve your mobility, decrease pain, and prevent future damage to your joints.
2. Get more exercise
There are more benefits to exercise than just weight loss. Regular movement helps to maintain flexibility in your joints. Weight-bearing exercises such as running and walking can be damaging. Instead, try low-impact exercises such as water aerobics or swimming to flex your joints without adding further stress.
3. Use hot and cold therapy
Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths — especially in the morning — help ease stiffness in your joints. Use an electric blanket or moist heating pad at night to keep your joints loose.
4. Try acupuncture
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on your body. This is supposed to reroute energies and restore balance in your body. Acupuncture is the most researched complementary therapy and is recommended by the World Health Organization for treatment of over 100 different conditions.
It is thought that acupuncture has the ability to reduce arthritis pain. If you want to explore this treatment method, be sure to find a licensed and certified acupuncturist in your state.
5. Use meditation to cope with pain
Meditation and relaxation techniques may be able to help you reduce pain from arthritis by reducing stress and enabling you to cope with it better.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies have found that the practice of mindfulness meditation is helpful for some people with painful joints. Researchers also found that those with depression and arthritis benefitted the most from meditation. When stress is reduced, inflammation and thus swelling and pain drop.
6. Include the right fatty acids in your diet
You need omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for optimum health. These fats also help your arthritis. Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3s, have been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain.
Another fatty acid that can help is gamma-linolenic acid, or GLA. It’s found in the seeds of certain plants such as evening primrose, borage, hemp, and black currants. You can also buy the oils of the seeds as a supplement. However, be sure to check with your doctor before taking them.
7. Add turmeric to dishes
Turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin that may help to reduce arthritis pain. The secret is its anti-inflammatory properties.
8. Get a massage
According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly.
Your massage therapist should be experienced with working on people who have arthritis. Check with your doctor for a recommendation.
9. Herbal supplements
There are many kinds of herbal supplements on the market that claim to be able to reduce joint pain. Some of the herbs touted for arthritis pain include:
- stinging nettle
- Green tea
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