As we age, our joints naturally lose some of their range of motion and can become more inflamed — making it difficult to complete even the simplest of tasks. While there are plenty of drugs on the market that can help manage difficult flare-ups, managing arthritis on a daily basis can be more of a challenge. Here are some tips from arthritis sufferers that might help you reduce your overall pain level and improve your range of motion.
- Manage Your Weight
Putting more weight on your aching joints can be a big problem. Losing even 10-15 pounds can make a big difference on the amount of stress that you’re putting on your feet, ankles, knees, and even your arms as you’re lifting out of bed and chairs throughout the day.
- Reduce Inflammatory Foods
As much as we love them, there are definitely some foods that can cause your joints to swell and ache. These can be different foods for each individual, but try omitting some of these options from your diet to see if there’s any change.
- Fried and overly processed foods
- Refined carbohydrates such as baked goods and sodas
- Dairy products
- Corn oil
- Soy products
When in doubt — eat foods in their most natural form.
- Try Therapeutic Massage
Warmth and the manipulation of your joints by a licensed therapist has been successful for many arthritis sufferers. However, many individuals find relief only when they make this an ongoing therapy as the effects seem to be cumulative on the body.
- Warm Baths in Epsom Salts
Sore muscles and inflammation can all be soothed by a bath in comfortably warm water. This is one of the least expensive options for quickly reducing the stress and pressure on joints while calming your mind and easing the pain in your body. While adding Epsom salt to your bath may not be proven effective by medical science, there’s little doubt that millions of Americans swear by this therapy.
Arthritis and other chronic ailments can be managed through ongoing support from talented clinicians, such as the home health care professionals and therapists at Santé. Whether you need to improve your endurance and increase strength and mobility or expand your range of motion, you will find trusted services from caring professionals at Santé. Contact us today at 480-563-2402 for more information or to schedule a visit to one of our locations.