Natural Arthritis Pain Relief Products Q and A
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can really hurt your joints, enough to actually make you skip work for the whole day. If you have been diagnosed with these conditions then perhaps your doctor have already given you prescriptions for medications that you can buy from the drugstore to help you manage your pain effectively. Most of these medications of course should only be taken when you are actually experiencing pain. However, if you wish to take in supplements that can prevent you from experiencing the pain from these conditions again then you should definitely read this article. This will help you know about natural arthritis pain relief products that you can easily purchase in the market and add to your diet and your daily habit just like taking your multivitamins.
Omega 3 fatty acids
If this is the first time that you encounter this particular substance you will be glad to know that it will not be hard for you to get it. The truth is omega 3 fatty acids is abundant in fishes. As such you only need to buy some sardines, or tuna, or perhaps salmon and you will be able to have a good supply of this particular fatty acid. Omega 3 acts helps a lot when it comes to pain relief as it targets the inflammation on your joints and actually reduces it. Together with omega 6 fatty acids, these natural arthritis pain relief products actually lubricates your joints as well.
Yes carotenes, specifically beta carotenes can indeed be found in carrots. What you probably do not know though is that you can actually get them from fruits and vegetables as well such as cantaloupes, kale, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and spinach. According to research eating these types of food that are rich in carotenes can actually help you when it comes to prevention of developing arthritis in the future. But if you are already suffering from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, this particular substance helps reduce pain because it also acts like an anti-inflammatory drug which is usually prescribed for patients who are experiencing joint pains.
If you love cooking then chances are you already have this on your kitchen. All you have to do now is to consider cooking with it more. Instead of using your butter or your average vegetable oil, try to incorporate olive oil more with the dishes that you prepare. A substance known as oleocanthal that is found in olive oil has actually surprised medical researchers as it somehow acts like aspirin and ibuprofen. It helps reduce inflammation thereby a good pain management substance when it comes to arthritis. As you may have guessed though, for best results both in diet and arthritis management you really should consider buying extra virgin olive oil.
These products discussed in this article are really easy to find in your local market. The best thing about them is that you can incorporate them to your diet whenever you wish and they actually do taste good.
The best conventional treatment for joint pain, such as osteoarthritis generally involves prescribed exercises to keep the joints flexible, encourage nourishment of the cartilage, and strengthen the surrounding tissues; joint protection, often based on the suggestions of a physical or occupational therapist, to limit further damage; and, when necessary, both drug and non drug measures to ease discomfort and decrease stiffness. Exercise is important because it is the movement of a joint that forces oxygen and nutrients into the cartilage and removes waste products, thus helping to keep the cartilage healthy. When the pain and stiffness sets in, however, moving the affected joint is the last thing on many peoples’ minds.So…keep up the physical therapy and ask about some exercises you can also do at home, especially some range of motion exercises to keep the joints from stiffening.
To help relieve pain in a joint, reflexology may prove helpful.
Reflexology is the application of pressure using thumb and fingers on reflex points in the feet and hands to stimulate a physiological change in the body. IT IS NOT A MASSAGE! If a body part is not functioning correctly, uric acid, calcium and mineral deposits may accumulate in the reflexes, impeding energy flow and circulation. A skilled, professional Reflexologist can assist in breaking down and dispersing these deposits, helping to restore the body to better health.
Food choices can help greatly. For example: diary products, citrus fruits along with meat category such as meat, pork and lamb, alcohol and vegetable oil when avoided helps to prevent joint pain caused by such foods that provide inflammation.
Water is extremely important to the joints. Because the synovial fluid contains water, if you become dehydrated less synovial fluid is available to protect the joints. Synovial Fluid is a fluid in the body that reduces friction between the articular cartilage in joints to lubricate and cushion them during movement. Failure to keep yourself hydrated will play havoc on your joints. Remember, by the time you are thirsty, your body is already dehydrated. Once dehydrated endurance is diminished, strength can drop, and the effect can last into the following day(s). Instead of relying on a thirst signal, drink water at regular intervals regardless if you’re thirsty or not to help maintain your overall health, including your joint health!.
Hydrotherapy (e.g., hot/cold water treatment, hot/cold compresses
Addditional measures to help ease the joint pain and stiffness include heat and cold treatments. Simple hot or cold water treatments are easy ways to soothe joint pain. To relieve stiffness and dull, penetrating pain, warm (not hot) compress applied directly to the affected area is the best option. For sharper, more intense pain, a cold compress or an ice pack wrapped in a plastic bag and placed over a towel on the skin for 10 to 20 minutes, and repeat every four hours as needed is a standard successful treatment plan. Never apply a cold treatment for more than 20 minutes at a time, or you’ll risk damaging your skin.
Hot showers or baths or heating pads may also help by improving flexibility, especially before exercise or other physical activity.
Non Prescriptive Medications
If these measures don’t give adequate pain relief, your doctor may recommend medication. Most often, it will be acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Some NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium, are available over the counter.
These medications can be quite effective in relieving joint pain. As with many other drugs, however, they can have some uncomfortable and even dangerous side effects, especially if you must take them on an ongoing basis.
Aspirin and other NSAIDs, for example, may irritate the stomach lining and cause severe internal bleeding in some people. Taken in large amounts over the long term, they can also cause kidney and liver damage. Some research even suggests that these drugs may actually inhibit cartilage repair and increase the progression of the disease.
There have been several studies showing potential benefits of dietary supplements for treating osteoarthritis. Potential treatment options may include:
Glucosamine sulfate. Glucosamine sulfate is one natural substance that has been shown useful for osteoarthritis pain relief.
Chondrotin. One of the most popular remedies you can use at home is chondrotin. Many scientists have made study of this natural product and found it to improve the way your bones are protected from impact. Many people begin to have problems with arthritis when the cartilage in their bodies wears away due to age. Taking a regular chondrotin supplement can help conduct more fluid into your cartilage, helping it to take the shock of simple impacts on a daily basis. You can find more information on chondrotin in many of the other articles on our website. You may also find a few places to purchase it if your local drug store does not carry it with their regular supplies.
MSM, methylsulfonylmethane. MSM provides sulfur, a vital building block of joints, cartilage, skin, hair and nails, and methyl groups, which support many vital biochemical processes in the body, including energy production. MSM is a naturally-occurring nutrient found in small amounts of many foods. As a dietary supplement, MSM is synthesized. When made correctly, it is identical to that found in nature. MSM can be taken alone or in combination with other joint health supplements, such as glucosamine and chondroitin.Published, peer-reviewed clinical research in the U.S. Has shown MSM is safe and effective in increasing joint comfort and supporting a normal range of motion.
Vitamins B9 (folate) and B12 (cobalamin). Both taken in large doses significantly reduced osteoarthritis hand pain, presumably by reducing systemic inflammation. B vitamins also balance the nervous system, reducing pain.
Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency has been reported in patients with osteoarthritis, and supplementation with Vitamin D3 is recommended for pain relief.
Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an anti oxidant that also helps promote healing, calcium builds stronger bones and the B vitamins balance the nervous system, reducing pain.
Calcium. Calcium builds stronger bones.
Other Natural Approaches
* Electrical stimulation
* Acupressure, etc.
If you want to know more about the subject, I have written a number of articles regarding natural healing, disease prevention, and joint pain at www.musclemagfitness.com. Access to the articles, as well as several tools and other resources is free.
I hope my information proves helpful for you. Do not forget to see your doctor if the rash, lump, and pain does not subside in the next few days.