Ways to Get Relief from Arthritis Pain Naturally
Modern medical treatments for arthritis are thankfully very effective both in minimizing the acute symptoms of pain and swelling, preventing the progressive damage to joints, and most dramatically of all, replacing damaged joints altogether.
However, are completely effective, and patients will always have a degree of pain. Discomfort from their symptoms for which there are probably more home remedies than for any other condition.
Natural Relief from Arthritis Pain
These range from copper bracelets and bee stings to thrashing the affected joints with nettles. Some of the following home remedies will be well known to those with arthritis but those that are not are well worth a try.
Hot or warm baths twice a day is life-saving for many of those with arthritis. A Jacuzzi is even better for those that can afford it.
If they cannot there is always the option of paying a visit to the local health club.
Sprains and other acute injuries of the muscle are best treated with an ice pack (or packet of frozen peas) wrapped in a towel and applied directly. Heat is an inappropriate remedy here. It encourages the release of fluid from the damaged muscles which then increases the size of the swollen area dramatically.
Ice packs are also an appropriate remedy for tennis elbow and similar conditions as described by Judy Swaine.
A physiotherapist from Essex: ‘Oil the skin and place an ice pack over the elbow for five to ten minutes, twice a day. Rest the arm but ensure you can fully straighten the elbow twice a day. If still very painful after seventy-two hours seek further medical help.’
This remedy is very similar to that recommended for sore throats. ‘First wring out a towel in cold water which should be wrapped around the affected joint and covered with a woollen scarf or garment, not too tightly.
This should be fastened securely in place. Then put on your pajamas and go to bed. Gentle heat will begin to permeate the joint comforting and relieving the pain and swelling. Remove in the morning.’
It may be a useful supplementary treatment along with ‘quads’ exercises for those with osteoarthritis of the knee. ‘The principle is that the malalignment of the patella in the knee joint may cause an abnormal distribution of pressures in the knee. Placing a tape directly over the patella so that it shifted towards the midline.’
Specialist advice from a physiotherapist is probably necessary to learn the precise technique. It can be applied regularly at home.
An instinctive reaction to any ache or pain is to massage it. Thus improving the circulation and bringing warmth to the affected part. Massage, preferably with the aid of essential oils is an excellent treatment.
Though interestingly the results always seem much better when someone else is doing it.
Wax treatments provide wonderful relief for painful and swollen joints in the hands. This Do-It-Yourself
‘Melt a couple of packages of canning paraffin in a tall pot to fill it about halfway. Then mineral oil should be added until it is three-quarters full. The mixture should be stirred well.
The pot should be removed from the heat and left to cool until a light skin forms over the paraffin. Then keeping the fingers slightly apart dip one hand and wrist in quickly and out again.
The paraffin should be allowed to dry slightly between dips which should be repeated about ten times. The hands should then be covered with a plastic bag and wrapped with a warm towel left on for 20 minutes. During this time the hand should be kept still or hand exercises can be performed in the soothing heat.
The paraffin should then be peeled off and saved for use another time. The process should then be repeated on the other hand. When finished the hands and fingers should be massaged with the mineral oil that remains on the skin.’
Arthritis, like any other condition, may be relieved or exacerbated by certain foods. Though which foods are relevant for which individuals can only be found by trial and error.
Fish, particularly oily fish, is thought to be particularly beneficial while the exclusion of dairy foods, tomatoes, and white potatoes from the diet can sometimes bring dramatic relief.
Also, some people find their arthritis made better or worse by the most unlikely of foods as the following two accounts illustrate. It is well worthwhile to be on the lookout for similar situations.