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6 Unexpected Ways to Help to Ease Arthritis Pain

July 22, 2016 in Joint Pain

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Our joints endure a lot of stress. There are many factors that can lead to the deep and aching pain of arthritis. The cartilage that covers the end of your bones can gradually break down as it cushions your every movement. This makes movement painful when the damaged cartilage rubs together. One of the most common causes of this pain is the wear and tear that happens with age.

Walking, running, jumping, and exercising in general puts stress on the joints over time. Even weight gain is a major contributor to arthritis. People who are overweight or obese have extra weight applied to their joints everyday. The joints that bear the most weight are the most prone to arthritis pain including the: knees, hips, feet, and spine. Although anti-inflammatory medication and pain killers are often used to treat arthritis, there are many non-invasive and natural treatments used to ease arthritis pain that you may have never tried.

6 unexpected ways to help ease arthritis pain


This non-invasive and clinically-proven form of therapy is seen to be especially effective in relieving osteoarthritis knee pain. TENS therapy is scientifically proven to relax muscle tension, relieve pain and promote circulation. Placing the massage pads of a TENS machine onto areas affected by arthritis will send soothing pulses through the skin and along the nerve fibers. This suppresses pain signals being sent to the brain and encourages the production of natural painkillers. Dr. Michael Ho developed a TENS unit for use outside of a specialist's office. DR-HO's Pain Therapy System is a small, portable TENS machine that can be taken with you and applied to areas affected by arthritis in order to prevent stiffness and provide relief to joint-related pain.


The regular massaging of areas affected by arthritis can prevent stiffness, help with range of motion, and reduce intense pain. You can learn techniques to self-massage painful areas in order to get instant relief at any time. However, it may be helpful to schedule regular appointments with a massage therapist who is familiar with arthritis pain prior to attempting massage techniques on yourself.


Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial in helping reduce inflammation throughout the body. Studies show that this supplement is most effective for treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by reducing swelling and joint pain. These fatty acids are found in fish such as lake trout, halibut, and mackerel. Many people take the capsule form of Omega-3 because it is easier to consume on a daily basis.


Several studies indicate that this yellow-coloured powder, ground from the root of the turmeric plant, has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent joint pain and swelling. You can take turmeric capsules or add the spice to your savory meals. Seasoning chick pea salads or rice dishes with turmeric can add delicious flavour while keeping your arthritis pain at bay.


This is an extremely helpful treatment for joint pain because it can be performed at home at any time. Taking hot showers in the morning can help to soothe the morning stiffness that arthritis often causes. Heat stimulates blood flow, improves circulation, increases range of motion, and reduces stiffness. DR-HO's Magic Heat Pad can also be activated and placed on localized areas that throb with pain. Applying ice packs to painful areas reduces inflammation and brings down swelling. Alternating with hot and cold therapy should be done properly. Cold treatments should not be applied to stiff joints and hot treatment should not be applied to swollen and already irritated joints.


Meditation is one of the most surprising treatments that has been scientifically proven to be helpful in reducing chronic pain. People often overlook the incredibly strong connection between the mind and the body. Meditation and practicing mindfulness allow the person experiencing pain to ensure pain becomes less intrusive in their thoughts and in their lives. Often the reaction to pain can simply enhance it. Meditation also works to relax the body, which can ease stress that is plaguing the mind. If you are skeptical of the tangible and physical benefits of meditation, try to practice meditative exercises every day and observe your arthritis pain.

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For more information and treatment ideas, visit our Joint Care & Arthritis page.


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  • Michèla

    July 27, 2016 at 6:40 pm
    When it is humid I can t hardly walk in the morning. Take all morning to be able to walk probably . You mention Tumeric. How do I take it as a powder or in capsule?

    Thank you for the info.

  • Tens for Arthritis

    August 24, 2016 at 7:01 pm
    Thank you for mentioning the changes in your diet for arthritis relief. This is an unnoticed part that doctors don't talk about enough. Tens therapy is also very effective for me

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