Arthritis is a degenerative disorder that causes discomfort. In many cases, this is the extent of the damage. However, arthritis can also cause a variety of other issues, including free-floating cartilage or pieces of bone. This can cause bone spurs and lead to a variety of complications.
The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is more common in women than men. This type of arthritis is the result of worn-down cartilage. This reduces the shock-absorption of the typical joint and weakens the tissue. In many cases, this can even lead to misshapen joints. At the very least, it causes a variety of unpleasant symptoms. The symptoms of arthritis include:
- Pain in muscles or joints that varies in severity
- Noticeable inflammation or swelling on or around joints
- Stiffness, leading to limited range or flexibility
- Reduced movement or mobility
These symptoms are especially noticeable when you’ve held a single position for too long. This could be standing or sitting, even laying down. The most commonly affected areas are the neck, the lower back and hips, the knees or feet, and the hands (including fingers).
There is no definitive answer as to what causes arthritis. However, there are speculated causes, such as:
- Predisposition through genetics
- Being overweight
- A trauma or the result of an injury
- The over-usage of any particular joint
- Autoimmune disorders
- A build-up of uric acid
- Infections (STD’s, food poisoning)
Unfortunately, arthritis affects approximately 1 in 5 individuals. It is said to be the leading disability in the United States. Many who suffer from arthritis end up losing their jobs because of too many sick days or an inability to continue performing their duties. This means many individuals with arthritis are also unemployed. While arthritis can make every day activities much harder, there is hope.
Below, you will see a list of all-natural treatments for arthritis. These treatments will help you to gain independence from the pain and lack of mobility that has certainly been a problem.
A healthy weight will reduce the strain on muscles and joints that is often caused when someone is overweight. Being underweight is a problem too, because the bones and joints wear down more quickly. It’s good to know what you “should” weigh and aim to get closer to that number. You don’t have to be perfect and slim, but it’s important to be healthy.
The proper diet should consist of foods that are rich in Omega-3. Unfortunately, this important nutrient is found in fish, so many people prefer to steer away from it. You can get away with taking supplements instead or mix a little bit of fish oil into your food. There are ways to still get the proper amount of Omega-3 into your diet. You want to do this because Omega-3 helps to reduce inflammation and promote overall strength. You may also want to add bone broth to your diet because it is one of the best things you can do for arthritis. Another good addition to your diet would be foods that are rich in sulfur because these foods can help to repair previously damaged tissue and promote overall strength. Fruits and vegetables are also high on the list of foods to eat for arthritis. Especially antioxidants. You’ll want to avoid food that’s high in sugar, any type of hydrogenated oils, and conventional flour or wheat products (including gluten).
In order to keep a full range of movement, it’s important to get regular exercise. This helps to strengthen your muscles, which will lead to reduced joint pain over a long period of time. It’s never easy to start exercising when you have arthritis. Everything is too stiff to move. But, slowly adjusting yourself to get more exercise will greatly benefit your overall health. It is recommended that you get around 150 minutes of exercise each week, if you’re doing moderate or light exercising. If you’re into intense exercising, you’ll want to cut the amount of time in half. Always remember to pace yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard. You may feel like you can keep going, but if you need to take a break, do it. Here are a few starters to get you moving:
- Daily stretches to help mobility
- A short or light walk to increase blood flow and heart rate
- Aerobic exercises will help you to build strength and endurance
- Weights can be used for strength training
Unfortunately, this particular treatment method isn’t available to everyone. With the typical joint pain, it’s hard to get covered for chiropractic services or any type of acupuncture. If you can afford these treatment options, they are advised. Not only do you focus on the root cause of your arthritis, but you’ll quickly get mobility back and feel reduced pain.
For those who can’t afford chiropractic services, there is also an alternative called water therapy. This hasn’t caught on mainstream quite yet, but it’s been used for centuries throughout places like Asia. There are “float baths” here and there, but you can practice the same type of therapy at home if you have a pool or a large bathtub. The idea behind water therapy is that water relaxes the muscles. This can help to reduce the stiffness in your joints. If you can get away with taking a nice warm bath every morning, try it. You’ll notice the difference.
These enzymes are largely taken as a supplement. There are too many to try and incorporate into your traditional diet. It’s recommended that you take between 500 and 2,000 mg tablets. Many people choose to take this supplement three times a day. You may want to start with a smaller dosage and work up to three times a day. The benefit of proteolytic enzymes is that they aid in overall digestion and improve your overall health. With rheumatoid arthritis, these enzymes can increase mobility. For those suffering from osteoarthritis, these enzymes can increase overall mobility.
There are many different essential oils that can be used when you have arthritis. Frankincense is ideal for inflammation and pain reduction. Lavender can be used to reduce stress (which can contribute to the swelling and stiffness of joints). With any essential oil, it’s important to dilute the concentration. You can do this by mixing a few drops of the essential oil into coconut oil. Then take the mixture and apply it to the problem spot. Massage this mixture into your skin and wait. You’ll notice a reduction in pain or swelling, depending which type of oil you’re using.
This all-natural treatment for arthritis is another benefit for your overall health. Turmeric reduces inflammation and swelling, which can increase your mobility. Turmeric also boosts the digestive track. The biggest benefit to turmeric is that is has the ability to reduce pain as well. It’s believed that turmeric does just as much as a typical dosage of Tylenol.
The conventional treatment for arthritis is generally medication prescribed by a health care professional. The medication will target the inflammation or the pain, possibly both. Many of these available medications are unfortunately addictive and have serious side-effects over a long period of usage. While conventional treatments may be beneficial for immediate relief, it’s advised you only follow this type of treatment initially. You can start making the positive changes to your lifestyle to reduce your dependency on both prescribed medication and over-the-counter medications. A healthy lifestyle is the best choice for long-term care.