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Natural Approaches to Arthritis Pain Relief

Arthritis pain and joint stiffness is a growing problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis affects over 20% of American adults (54 million) and is the leading cause of workplace disability claims. 

The medical costs for arthritis-related treatment are over $140 billion per year. In addition to the economic impact, moderate to severe arthritis can be debilitating and drastically affect your overall quality of life and well-being.

If you’re suffering from arthritis pain and stiffness, we can help. Here at New Hampshire Regenerative Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, our team of integrative medicine doctors and specialists offer a number of non-invasive and non-surgical solutions to pain and musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

Take control of your arthritis pain and stiffness

If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis, the first thing you should do is see a specialist for a comprehensive exam and treatment plan customized to meet your needs. According to the Arthritis Foundation, some forms of arthritis (there are many types) can lead to permanent changes and damage to the joints and may also increase your risk of additional health problems. 

But there are a number of practical steps you can take at home to help manage and ease your symptoms. Here are some of them.

Maintain a healthy weight

Being obese or excessively overweight can put additional strain and pressure on your joints. Losing excess weight and maintaining a healthy weight can help to ease arthritis pain and contribute to your general health and well-being.

Stay active

When in pain, the last thing you may want to do is to exercise or engage in even mildly strenuous physical activity. But the right physical activity, like stretching and low impact aerobic exercises like swimming or cycling, can ease joint stiffness and improve muscle strength and endurance. 

Always seek medical advice before beginning any new physical activity to make sure it’s safe for your situation.

Use heat and ice

Applying heat and icing stiff, painful joints can ease your discomfort and reduce inflammation.

Eat an arthritis-friendly diet

The Arthritis Foundation recommends eating foods known to reduce inflammation and to be rich in essential nutrients:

Likewise, avoid foods known to increase inflammation, such as processed foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, and alcohol.

Therapeutic massage

Regular massage therapy can help to alleviate pain and stiffness in your joints and throughout your body.

For more information about natural and non-invasive treatments and pain management solutions for arthritis, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Manchester, New Hampshire, or request an appointment online.

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