The phrase “alternative remedy” rings hollow with many people, but the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic has some people looking for other ways to manage their arthritis pain. While some such remedies are little more than old wives’ tales or the placebo effect (people feel better because they believe they will feel better), other such remedies are evidence-based and proven to be effective. Moreover, not all alternative remedies are slow-acting. In many cases, users see results within a matter of a few weeks, or maybe even almost instantly.
Keep in mind that these remedies should “manage” arthritis pain. They will not eliminate the discomfort, but they will most likely reduce it so it does not greatly interfere with everyday functions.
Topical ointment offers excellent management for joint stiffness and pain in the hands and fingers, which is where most arthritis patients need the most help. Many of these creams have a combination of natural ingredients with just a touch of chemical accelerant, so the natural remedies work even faster and better. There are many different choices, so the best idea is to pick one, and if it does not deliver the desired results, pick another one.
Many New Year’s resolutions include weight loss. Just a few pounds can significantly relieve the pressure on knees, ankles, and other mobility-related joints. Once again, there are many different weight loss ideas. Some people see progress through exercise, some benefit from a reduced caloric intake, some people change the types of foods they eat, and some people employ a combination of techniques. Give yourself about a month with a certain approach before you abandon it, because weight loss programs usually take a while to bear fruit.
While high-stress exercise, like weightlifting and running, may make arthritis pain even worse, movement-related exercise, like yoga or Tai Chi, usually has the opposite effect. The movement helps make joints more flexible and so increases range of motion. These exercises also have a strength-building component, to help…