January 27, 2020

Step Past Your Joint Pain with These 4 Practices

Filed under: Mobility,Seniors Health — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 4:33 pm

By Anita Ginsburg

Joint pain and stiffness from arthritis can be daily challenges. While conventional treatments work to control inflammation and slow disease progression, there are natural therapies that can play an important role in how you feel.

Joint pain affects people of all ages, but it is most commonly seen in people over 65. While most physicians choose to treat joint pain with over-the-counter medications and alternative therapies, it’s important to find what works best for you. Oral medications can help, but they aren’t the only way to treat joint pain. Below are four ways to minimize your symptoms naturally.

Lose Weight

Weight loss is one of easiest and most effective ways to treat some forms of joint pain. Even an extra ten pounds adds undue stress on already tender joints. People suffering from osteoarthritis or other forms chronic pain may see a reduction in symptoms when they lose weight.

The best place to start is with your diet. Identify foods that contribute to weight gain and cut them out of your diet. Simply avoiding soft drinks and foods high in sugar can result in weight loss.

Topical Treatments

There are a lot of topical preparations to treat joint pain. Ice or heat therapy can help, and some people find that alternating both is helpful. There are also creams that can help. Topical treatments anesthetize the nerve endings in your skin, which can help minimize the ache.

Because CBD fights inflammation, CBD cream for arthritis pain can minimize joint stiffness. With some of CBD’s other benefits, you may also experience an alleviation of feelings of anxiety.

Physical Therapy

Physical and occupational therapy can also help reduce pain due to arthritis. Although painful in the moment, gentle movement can ease joint pain in the short term. Stillness or avoiding using the affected joints only exacerbates the issue. An occupational or physical therapist can teach gentle range of motion exercises and stretching, which you can do at home as well. Gentle massage can also be effective form of treatment.

Stay Active

Regular exercise does more than keep you slim. It also boosts flexibility and mobility. Even tiny calf pumps and arm circles can help keep your joints pliable. Try performing low-impact aerobic exercise, like walking.

You can also try yoga, which is good for both your body and mind. In yoga, you may also learn mindfulness and how to meditate. Both treatments can help reduce anxiety and the pain that goes along with it.

Living with chronic pain can take over your life. And while it’s easy to fall into thinking that you’ll never be pain free, that’s simply not true. There are things that can minimize joint pain and help you get back to living. Positivity thinking can do things modern medicine can’t.

Bio: Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.


October 12, 2019

4 Solutions to Soothe Arthritic Pain

Filed under: Aging,Mobility,Seniors Health — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 8:41 am

Arthritis in Senios

By Anica Oaks

Arthritis is a name given to a large group of degenerative and painful conditions. They’re all similar in the fact that they are marked by inflammation in the joints of the body. This condition results in pain and stiffness for seniors. Here are four solutions that can help to soothe away your arthritic pain at home.

Hot and Cold Therapy

While this may not seem like a big treatment, it’s very effective for arthritic-related pain. Opt for a long, warm bath or shower in the morning. This will reduce stiffness in the joints. Even a heated blanket or heating pad utilized at night can allow your joints to stay loose the next morning. Reserve cold treatments for relieving the joint swelling and inflammation when it gets to its worst.

Compression Sleeves

You can typically find compression sleeves at your local pharmacy. They will likely have all sorts of sleeves including ones for ankle compression, elbow compression, knee compression, and so forth. The concept behind this type of treatment is that it applies a mild compression to the area that regularly receives inflammation. The compression helps to reduce the amount of inflammation that occurs, which translates to less arthritic pain for you.

Low-Impact Exercise

While your first instinct may be not to move the painful joints, you must reconsider. Low-impact movement can help to loosen up the muscles around the joints. This provides less possibility of inflammation around the joints. You’ll notice that the irritated joints will be more flexible and have less pain when you move them. If you have access to a pool, then doing any sort of exercise in the water is considered low-impact for your joints.

Massage Therapy

Regular massaging of the joints that get inflamed can help to reduce the amount of inflammation in the future. This results in less pain and stiffness for you. With regular massage, you’ll get an improved range of motion that can allow you to be more mobile throughout your everyday life. Talk with a physical therapist about self-massage techniques that you can use for your specific arthritic-related pain.

Relieving arthritic pain doesn’t always have to be done with medication. Rather, the above are some very effective treatment solutions that you can utilize at home to alleviate your pain. Be sure to try various treatment solutions to see which ones your body best responds to and stick with those in the future to help manage your arthritic pain.

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