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4 Ways to Soothe Arthritis Pain

Category: Senior Living
February 26, 2019

Have you ever missed out on an important game or event due to the aches and pains you couldn’t stop because of your Arthritis? It’s hard. Arthritis hinders your activity, and prevents you from doing what you really want to do. Today, we’re going to address the pain of your Arthritis and how you can soothe it.

An elderly woman coping with arthritis pain.

 

Get a Massage

 

According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massages for arthritic joints may help reduce pain and stiffness, as well as improve your range of movement. The reason massages work so well, is because a massage increases blood flow to certain areas of the pain. This promotes healing and gives temporary relief. Massages can also improve your range of movement and help reduce stiffness. 

 

Go Exercise

 

Losing weight can make a big impact on how you experience Arthritic pain. Extra weight can put extra pressure on your joins, especially your knees, hips, and feet. Reducing your weight can improve your mobility, decrease pain, and prevent future damage to your joints.

To lose weight, you can do low-impact exercises. This would include things like swimming and water aerobics, or just simply walking in the water. Water helps your body move, and puts less stress  on your joints.

Like massage, exercise helps to get your blood flowing, which in turn helps to relieve Arthritis pain. Not only that, but exercise will help strengthen your muscles so that they can do their jobs more effectively.

 

Do Some Hot/Cold Therapy

 

Hot/Cold therapy uses the two opposite temperatures in a balancing act that makes for the perfect relief.

Long, warm showers in the morning help ease the stiffness you find in your joints, and a heating pad or heated blanket can produce the same results other times of the day. Cold treatments are used to reduce swelling and inflammation, and works on relieving the joint pain.

As a general guideline, cold treatments are typically used for acute injuries or pain, as well as inflammation and swelling, and hot treatments are used to help with muscle pain or stiffness. Talk to your doctor or other healthcare provider for more information on how these techniques can help you experience relief. 

 

Make Sure to Sit Comfortably

 

With Arthritis, you may find yourself feeling uncomfortable after periods of time sitting. Sitting in uncomfortable positions may be causing stress on your joints. You may find that you don’t realize your joints are under stress until you try to get up and it hurts. To avoid this pain, you can stretch at intervals during your time sitting, or get a lift chair. A lift chair can help you get from sitting to standing without forcing you to strain your joints. It can also help bring you down to the seated position, which can reduce stress on your  body as well as reduce your risk of falling. 

Don’t let Arthritis keep you from doing what you want to, visit us today to see how we can help you be pain-free. Whether you’re looking for a new lift chair in Maryland, or you’re interested in learning how our mobility equipment can benefit you, contact us now. We look forward to becoming an extension of your care team.

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