10 Arthritis Remedies for Relief of Pain & Stiffness

 10 Arthritis Remedies for Relief of Pain & Stiffness Photo The CDC estimates that by 2040 about 78 million adults in the United States will be diagnosed with arthritis. That’s 26 percent of people over the age of 18. While arthritis affects everyone differently, the primary symptoms are joint stiffness, pain and a decreased range of motion. It can make daily tasks, even walking, cumbersome and painful, and lead to disability.

Fortunately, there are various arthritis remedies to help relieve symptoms. Not all of them will work for everyone, but they’re worth exploring with your doctor to see if one might be right for you.

Here are 10 arthritis remedies:

1. Warm water therapy

Research shows that soaking in warm water (between 92 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes or more can help loosen joint and reduce pain, not only while a person is soaking but after as well. Exercise in a warm water pool and the use of Epsom salts may help some people as well.

2. Exercise

While tired, stiff joints and pain may make arthritis sufferers reluctant to exercise, it’s essential to their well being. Experts say it’s the best non-drug treatment for decreasing pain and improving mobility.

3. Yoga

When patients don’t enjoy traditional forms of exercise, yoga may be a great alternative. Studies have shown it to have important physical and mental benefits for arthritis sufferers.

4. Supplements

While the number of supplements that promise all sorts of benefits can be overwhelming, some have proven to be effective in relieving arthritis symptoms. For example, studies have shown that SAM-e relieves symptoms as well as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs with fewer side effects. Fish oil has been shown to decrease joint tenderness and stiffness.

5. Weight loss

Extra weight puts extra stress on bones and joints, so maintaining a healthy weight is especially important for arthritis sufferers. One study found that losing just one pound of weight released four pounds of pressure from the knees. A few pounds can quickly add up.

6. Acupuncture

While there’s no conclusive evidence, studies have shown acupuncture can help alleviate pain in arthritis patients. One study of more than 17,000 participants with pain (from arthritis and other conditions) showed the pain of those who got acupuncture was significantly reduced compared to those who had no treatment or “fake” acupuncture.

7. Capsaicin cream

This over-the-counter treatment, which comes in a topical cream, gel or patch, is made from the same components that give chili peppers their heat. While it may sting a bit in the beginning, studies have shown that regular use of Capsaicin can significantly reduce arthritis pain.

8. Electricity

Electrical stimulation in which electrical pulses are sent into various parts of the body has proven effective in relieving arthritis symptoms, specifically with regards to strength and increased energy.

9. Aromatherapy

Not only may the use of essential oils and other scents provide relief from anxiety, they may provide relief from pain too. Those thought to be best for arthritis patients include vanilla, green apple, peppermint, jasmine, and citrus.

10. Massage

While it’s important to talk your doctor first, for some arthritis sufferers, massage can provide pain relief, improved joint movement, and other benefits as well. Self-massage can also be effective if you can’t get to a masseuse.