Arthritis Common Treatments
Here is a short list of some of the most common
treatments for all forms of Arthritis.
Heat / Cold
Alternate with hot and cold packs to help with any pain and
stiffness that tries to pop up. (When alternating, allow body
temperature to return to normal before switching pack
treatments.) And nice hot showers or baths in the morning go a
long way in helping loosen up those morning muscles and
Check with your healthcare provider for any over-the-counter
and prescription pain relief medications and ointments that may
be available to you. Then have supplies on hand. Search online
for discounted rates, coupons and specials. Better an ounce of
prevention than… running to the store while suffering painful
joint problems on a cold, snowy morning for some Tylenol.
Check into the possibility of having an ultrasound via your
healthcare provider or a physical therapist. An ultrasound is a
recommended method of helping with pain reduction in an easy,
painless manner. Sound waves are sent or generated into the
area joint region in pain.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS for
short, is another pain-free alternative to pain relief. In a
nutshell, light electrical pulses travel via a tiny TENS unit
or device, resulting in a vibrating or tapping sensation, to
nerves in the painful joint area. Ask your healthcare provider
for more information.
Team up with a fellow Arthritis sufferer or two and meet for
walks, chat breaks and fun. Cyber-buddies are great, too. With
your favorite search engine, surf for Arthritis forums and
reach out to meet new people, find new resources to share and
Get up and Garden
- Multiple rewards here! You enjoy this fun outdoor activity
and benefit from healthy sunshine and exercise. You’ll harvest
plant, fruit and /or vegetable crops to enjoy, share, sell for
extra income, donate and leave for local wildlife.
– Especially if your job involves a lot of sitting, get up
and stretch your legs every 30 minutes or so. Shake out the
stiffness. Stretch to activate muscles. Breath deeply -
in for a count of 10 and out for a count of 10. This
floods the muscles and tissues with oxygen.
– If you’re at a keyboard all day, check out the latest
wrist rests for your keyboard.
Arthritis Treatment Massage
– Treat yourself to a massage to relief painful stress.
Arthritic patients have found that massage therapy and gentle
stretching helps to relieve pain, relax muscles, reduce
swelling and aid in range of motion in joints. No funds
available?(When someone asks what you want for your birthday or
Christmas, ask for a gift certificate for massage.) Check out a
library book on how to give yourself a message. Here are some
Gently massage around the painful area with a little
vegetable oil or massage oil on your fingertips, making small,
gentle circles with your fingertips. Avoid massaging directly
on the joint. Instead, work right above and below it with your
fingertips. Repeat daily for three to five minutes each
For rheumatoid Arthritis
Apply oil or cream to your fingers and use a rhythmic or
effleurage massage on the muscle and tissue around the
afflicted joint. Repeat daily for five to 10 minutes each