The reason why you’ll want to see this part is because it is about home treatments. What you can do at home to fight arthritis. Here’s a list of some of the things that you can do at home so that you can liver a healthier life. They are:
- Hot/cold therapy
- Epsom salts
- TENS units
If you will use the tools share with you, I have believe you’ll have an outcome just like this. I’d like to introduce you to one our many successful patient outcomes. This is what we see every day in our office.
The reason why we see such good outcomes with arthritis is because of these important steps – move, reduce inflammation, building blocks, whole body help. This segment is on wonderful things you can do at home. One of my favorite movies is Hoosiers, a story about a little high school in Indiana that wins a champion ship and Gene Hackman is their coach – “Fundamentals.” Water, movement, poison removal, metabolism, and building blocks. If you can do those 5 things – you are going to receive some relief.
The simplest thing for arthritis – water. Water reduces inflammation. It lubricates the joints and helps with pain free movement. For a great overview on water, check out my friend Jenny Carr’s book, Piece of Cake. If you have any inflammatory condition – her book is a must. She’s smart, educated, and I give this book to my patients every day. Her statements are supported by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj wrote Your Body’s many cries for water or You’re not sick your thirsty. I think one gallon is a good goal to shoot for.
Heat and cold therapy can create a pumping mechanism to get rid of the bad inflammation. Heat therapy boosts circulation and can soothe stiff joints and aching muscles, while cold therapy restricts blood vessels, which slows circulation, reduces swelling, and numbs pain.
A John Hopkins review suggested that Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) stimulates circulation. Magnesium strengthens bones; maintains nerve and muscle function; regulates heart rhythm and blood sugar levels; and helps maintain joint cartilage.
Health Body Weight
Healthy body weight – even one pound of weight loss can make a difference and 11 pounds leads to a reduction of 50% of the arthritis pain. There’s a whole segment on weight loss – intermittent fasting, drinking water before meals, balancing hormones and specific nutritional prescriptions.
Movement – Crucial
Next, life is movement – Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around the block or swimming a few laps might seem overwhelming. Try this – find something that you like to do that makes you move. I’m never going to run a marathon, but riding dirt bikes, or walking to fishing spots, honey-do projects, or walking in the evenings.
It is a type of yoga that focuses on correct anatomical alignment and uses props to support the body and relieve tension and inflammation. A 2013 study investigated the effectiveness of a 6-week Iyengar yoga program for young women with RA. Researchers divided the 26 participants into two groups: 11 participated in two 1.5-hour yoga classes for 6 weeks, while the remaining 15 did not take part in any yoga classes. In comparison with the control group, the participants who did yoga reported significant improvements in health, mood, quality of life, and the ability to cope with chronic pain.
Nerve Massage – TENS
TENS is a method of pain relief that uses electrodes in the form of sticky pads that attach to the surface of the skin to deliver small electrical currents to the body. A person can adjust the intensity of the stimulation by turning a dial. Electrical stimulation helps override pain signals while also triggering the body to release natural pain relievers called endorphins. The authors of a 2014 meta-analysis concluded that the delivery of TENS at adequate intensities could help reduce osteoarthritis pain.
So, hot cold therapy, Epsom salts, healthy body weight and movement are a good start. About this stage, someone asks me about over-the-counter medicines. There’s no shortage but it’s important to know some facts, benefits and drawbacks of over-the-counter meds. Please remember this, over-the-counter medicines are NOT benign. Remember the 5 types of arthritis (trauma, osteo, intestinal, autoimmune and muscle induced arthritis), what may be OK for bone-on-bone is not OK for rheumatoid or autoimmune.
Short Term Bridge
For short term pain relief, consider over the counter but I believe a better approach is natural pain control therapies. So, stick around and let’s get to ways that won’t burn your liver, kill your kidneys, or create chemical dependencies.
The next section is getting into my favorite topic. Natural food insurance that helps arthritis, treatments that get clinical outcomes – essential fatty acids, hydrochloric acid, turmeric, sugar cane extract, NOT SUGAR. It’s the best natural ways to treat arthritis.