When arthritis strikes, it has the power to change the affected individual’s life in so many ways. Milder cases of arthritis may lead to little more than occasional pain and stiffness, but those with the worse possible cases may find themselves rendered partially or near-wholly immobile. In all instances however, it never fails to take the affected person by surprise with most of us living with the same ‘it will never happen to me’ attitude.
Ignorance can indeed be bliss for those not affected by arthritis, but at the first sign of anything untoward it is important to be as proactive as possible. There’s a great deal that can be done surgically and medically with so many new advances being made all the time, but at the same time there’s much to be said for the safer, more natural approach to arthritis treatment. Not only do home cures for arthritis exist, but have in many cases proven to be just as effective as any kind of surgery or drug-based treatment.
So, in the best interests of anyone preferring to take their treatment into their own hands with a little help from Mother Nature, here’s a quick overview of perhaps the most effective and wholly natural approaches of all to remedying the symptoms of arthritis:
1 – Lose Weight
If any area of the lower body is affected by arthritis, it’s important to make sure that the problem joints and areas are put under as little pressure and strain as possible. As such, if you are in any way overweight and perhaps suffering around the knees, ankles or hips, the very best thing you can do for the sake of your condition is lose some weight. The heavier you are, the greater the strain you put on your joints and the worse the condition becomes – losing a little weight at the right time can make all the difference in the world.
2 – Get More Exercise
The body as a whole simply cannot function properly unless it is given enough exercise. It may feel that being hit by arthritis makes the idea of exercise a far-fetched one to say the least and indeed it may not be the best course of action for everyone. But at the same time, allowing joints and muscles to seize up and deteriorate by not using them is seldom the way to go. Speak to your doctor in order to have an exercise plan made up on your behalf…then it’s just a case of sticking to it.
3 – Heating or Cooling Treatments
When inflammation strikes, one of the most effective natural methods of quelling both the pain and the swelling is to use a heating or cooling treatment. Some instances are best treated with ice packs while others respond better to heated packs, but in both cases the treatment is 100% safe, natural and surprisingly effective. Again, it’s a case of speaking to your own doctor in order to assess which is the right way to go for your own case, then you can take care of the rest for yourself.
4 – Herbal Treatments
There are plenty of herbal treatments on the market right now that have been tried, tested and proven in their effectiveness against arthritis. Perhaps the single most encouraging of all however is turmeric, which due to its rich curcumin content has been found to be a brilliant anti-inflammatory for use in a wide range of applications. Whether it’s a case of adding more to your meals or simply investing in a quality supplement to take every day, turmeric can build a lasting difference you’ll notice.
5 – Massage Therapy
At the hands of somebody who knows what they are doing, massage therapy can work wonders for arthritis. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book for treating pain, stiffness and inflammation that mankind has been using since the dawn of time. And it’s still just as effective today as it ever was, so feel free to spoil yourself with an occasional massage.
6 – Hydrotherapy
Last but not least, even when the idea of regular exercise seems a little on the unrealistic side, you may still find yourself able to take part in and benefit from hydrotherapy. By exercising in water, you not only minimise impact and the chance of putting any further strain on your problem areas, but also benefit from giving the stiff and inflamed joints a therapeutic soak. Twice the benefit and 100% natural – it’s a winner all-round!