Pain Relief for Arthritis

 

ArthritisAn estimated 52.5 million adults in the United States have some form of Arthritis. This condition can occur in both men and women, especially if family history, obesity and age are factored. Arthritis causes pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints which can render daily activities complicated. If you are suffering with arthritis, follow these methods to relieve joint pain.

Exercise

Whether it mean walking around or joining an aerobics class, exercise is key to relieving arthritis. Physical activity can help strengthen the muscles around your joints, maintain bone strength and improve flexibility. Because exercise strengthens the entire body, Arthritis symptoms such as joint pain and fatigue, are reduced.

Weight Loss

The best way to relieve Arthritis pain is by maintaining a healthy weight—and losing some pounds if necessary. By losing weight the pressure is removed from your joints and to some people, symptoms begin to disappear with time.

Acupuncture

Research shows that acupuncture helps relieve Arthritis pain by relaxing muscles and regulating the nervous system. When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the body pays special attention to the micro-trauma and emits healing factors. Acupuncture also alters the perception of pain and stimulates the production of endorphins.

Physical Therapy

In some cases, physical therapy can be helpful in dealing with arthritis pain. A physical therapist can help a patient achieve a better range of motion and strengthen their joints. Also, for patients that have limited mobility, physical therapy can be done at home with the help of a therapist.

For questions about arthritis and how to relieve pain, call (602) 466-7378 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.

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