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Arthritis Management: How Can I Relieve Arthritis Pain at Home?

May 30, 2019 in Arthritis

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Here's What You Need to Know About Arthritis Management

No one knows your pain better than you do. Although we can read up on symptoms, describe sensations, and consult with other people, each person’s pain is unique. This means that arthritis management should be approached differently for everyone based on their health history, age, environment and personal preferences.

1. Lifestyle Habits

DR-HO’S believes in a natural and total approach to pain relief. There are a variety of lifestyle changes that can be made to ensure your pain is not simply masked, but relieved. A few of these lifestyle habits include:

  • Engaging in aerobic exercise for your heart
  • Engaging in strength training for your muscles and bones
  • Eating nutrient-rich foods
  • Avoiding processed and high-sugar foods
  • Sleeping 7-8 hours a night
  • Meditating in times of stress
  • Visiting the doctor regularly
  • Seeking out support when you need it

2. Physical Therapy

Take Your Recovery to the Next Level

A physical therapist helps you strengthen, stretch and recover. The therapist zeroes in on the exact muscles, joints and body parts that need your attention. Teaming up with a professional in managing your pain can accelerate the healing process.

Make Therapy a Daily Job

Occupational therapy involves sticking to specific tasks to help ease your pain. Your therapist may tell you to focus on everyday activities. You can learn how to reprogram yourself to complete daily habits without pain, such as walking up the stairs, sitting at work, or sleeping. By being mindful of these daily activities and dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle and pain management, you can overcome your pain.

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Keep Moving

Arthritis is a condition that attacks the primary means of effective movement: the joints. Because of this, motivating yourself to move and stay active can often feel like an incredibly daunting task. Physical therapists can help arthritis sufferers through their deep understanding of body mechanics. They will stimulate your bones, muscles and joints and show you how to move and exercise in a way that both reduces pain and teaches you how to fight back.

3. Massage

Arthritis and Massage

Massage is a general term that’s used to describe a number of different therapeutic methods. These therapeutic methods all focus on the manipulation of the body’s skin, muscles and connective tissues to relieve pain. When it comes to arthritis, massage can help to relieve tension, induce relaxation, ease pain and reduce anxiety. The key to using massage to relieve arthritis pain is to use moderate pressure; not too light or too heavy. This moderate type of pressure can relax the heart rate, reduce stress and increase circulation to painful tissue. Massage has been seen to relieve pain in the body by inducing two different responses:

Mechanical Response

The mechanical response is how your body reacts to the movement of its tissues. A few of these reactions include:

  • Better circulation
  • Increased oxygenation
  • Reduced swelling
  • Relaxation of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments

Relaxation Response

This response involves the state of your heart, nervous system, and mental functioning. A few bodily reactions in the relaxation response produced by massage include:

  • Slower breathing rate
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Less stress
  • Increased serotonin
  • Decreased anxiety and depression

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Find the Type of Massage that Works for You

It’s always best to talk about massage with your doctor or physical therapist before you try it. They will be able to tell you what methods will work for your pain and which ones to avoid. Above all, any massage therapy you use should work to reduce your pain, not make it worse. If after a few massage sessions your pain is the same or worse, it’s best to stop.

Download the Free Arthritis Pain Management Plan

The Arthritis Pain Management Plan was designed and written with the overall health and well-being of a person suffering from arthritis. The plan includes:

  • Diet and meal plan suggestions
  • Aerobic and strength training exercises
  • Sleep better guide
  • De-stress and mental well-being tips
  • Pain management tips
  • And more!

4. Hot and Cold Therapy for Arthritis Management

Heat Therapy

Applying a heating pad or taking a warm bath or shower can help improve your body’s natural healing processes. This is because heat cause blood vessels to expand, increasing blood circulation to painful joints. Heat therapy can also work to relieve:

  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tension

Cold Therapy

Cold therapy involves icing painful areas. It is used most commonly for injuries or damaged, sore tissues. It’s also a great way to help recover after a workout. Cold therapy is most effective when used for:

  • Inflamed, red, or hot areas
  • Swelling and flare-ups of joint inflammation
  • Dulling fresh pain

5. TENS Therapy for Arthritis Management

TENS Pain Relief

The Pain Therapy System and The Pain Therapy System Pro are both TENS units that used to only be used in clinics and doctors’ offices. Technological innovations allowed these pain relief systems to be made portable and convenient for patients to use at home. Having and using a TENS device is a perfect example of taking advantage of available technology for long-term pain management. You can apply the gel replacement pads directly on sore joints, muscles and inflamed areas.

TENS therapy works to block pain receptors in the brain, allowing for relief from arthritis pain in as little as 20 minutes. It also provides a deep massage that uses gentle, constantly changing electrical waves to soothe painful muscles and joints. Because you can use the device anywhere, it can become a daily part of your arthritis pain management. Use TENS therapy in the morning to start your day, after your workout routine and before bed to prep you for a night of pain-free sleep.

Use TENS Therapy at Work

One of the best things about the Pain Therapy System is its portability. Arthritis pain isn’t confined to the home, so neither should your pain relief sessions. No matter if you’re standing or sitting at work, the Pain Therapy System’s design allows you to find relief whenever pain strikes. Have a flare-up sitting at your desk at work? Place the gel pads on the sore joints or muscles, set the timer and find the relief you need to get through the day. Using the Pain Therapy System at work on a regular basis is a great way to stay committed to your pain management plan.

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