Sep 15, 2018

Four Alternative Therapies to Help Ease Arthritis Pain

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Dealing with joint pain and stiffness from arthritis is a daily challenge. While traditional treatments work to control inflammation and disease progression, there are many alternative therapies that can help with pain. Often the idea of self-health, alternative treatments, or even just the simple act of pressing pause on our daily grind can be such a foreign concept in our busy lives. That’s why Carolina Arthritis is here to give you some alternative therapies that can help to improve your overall health, while simultaneously relieving the pain caused by arthritis. Here are four alternative therapies to help ease arthritis pain.

Acupuncture.

This ancient form of Chinese medicine has quickly picked up steam in the western world and is helping to fix all sorts of issues. According to Tim Rhudy, an acupuncturist practicing in Delmar, New York, acupuncture diminishes pain by “untying muscular straitjackets – releasing tight, spasmed, shortened muscles to their resting state.” It is designed to stimulate nerves, muscles and connective tissues, improve blood flow and activate the body’s natural painkillers.

Massage.

People with arthritis who experience chronic symptoms may consider using massage therapy regularly. Even daily self-massages can help to manage pain and stiffness and promote better sleep, which will reduce joint aches and pains. Gentle manipulation with moderate pressure will help relieve pain and has been shown to improve range of motion for those who suffer from arthritis. However, it is essential to listen to your body and find a massage style that works for you. While a high pressure massage may work for a friend, it may not be what’s best for you.

Tai Chi.

Tai chi is another Chinese practice that combines gentle flowing movements, deep breathing, and meditation. These essential components of Tai Chi have been shown to not only reduce joint pain, but also improve range of motion and function, as well as increase feelings of well-being and peace-of-mind.

Yoga.

Yoga is a tried and true practice that involves breathing, meditation, and poses. The various positions, many of which focus on stretching and flexibility, have an incredibly positive effect on your body. Not only do you gain strength from that tree pose, but you will find that the stretches associated with yoga have the ability to eliminate some constant aches and pains. So roll out your mat, find your Zen, and channel your inner yogi.

Try not to let preconceived notions of alternative therapies stop you from engaging in a beautiful act that can relieve the pain and inflammation brought on by arthritis. Focusing on self-care can have powerful impacts on the stresses of your condition, as well as the stresses of your busy everyday life! For more tips on improving your health, inside and out, please contact or visit our physicians at Carolina Arthritis. Let’s reclaim your life and body together!