Natural remedies for osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is a commonly known type of arthritis by most people. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage providing a cushion between bones gets easily damaged causing it to break down and wear out. This then leads to allowing a bone to grind and rub against another.
Several medicines help in dealing with the pain from osteoarthritis and surgical managements for extreme pain. However, there are remedies that we can find naturally and free from chemicals to ease the pain.
Do Regular Exercise
This is an essential tool for people who are experiencing osteoarthritis. Plus it keeps you stay physically sound while relieving the stresses off your feet.
- A simple walking around the neighborhood wouldn’t hurt for someone who isn’t into fitness that much.
- You can slowly transition your regular walking to brisk walking, and then possibly jogging for 5 days in a week.
- Swimming in several laps can help you stay in shape and relieve you from the arthritic pain. Some people feel pain when walking or doing aerobic exercises, so this is a good way to cut the weight on your joints. You can find a pool that has heated equipment for better transition in the water.
- Aerobic exercise plus some simple weight training is a perfect combination to treat osteoarthritis. The combination of these exercises helps in strengthening muscles in the affected area of your joints. It provides great support and helps to keep you stay healthy.
- Others find yoga a good investment as a form of exercise. Yoga not only reduces stresses from meditation, it can also help in balance and strengthening your core muscles.
This is simple to do and very cost efficient. Everyone can do this alone at home. If the osteoarthritic pain is debilitating and you want fast relief, you can do this hot-cold therapy. It eases the joint stiffness and relieves pain.
- You can use 2-foot tubs and fill one with cold water and the other hot. Put your feet in either foot tub first for 5 minutes and slowly transition to the other. You should do this for several times until you feel relief from discomfort, stiffness, and pain.
- When you sleep, you may use a heating pad or electric blankets to help keep the joints feel loose. For the cold management, put an ice pack over affected area with a towel. A frozen vegetable bag may also be used if the ice pack is not available.
Regularly massaging affected joints may greatly reduce stiffness and pain, thus improving motion.
- Remember to ask professional advice from a physical therapist for massages. Schedule an appointment, and perhaps ask for some massage methods you can do at home all by yourself.
- If you’re pregnant, look for someone who knows the best massage for pre-natal mothers. It is better to find certified massage therapist to limit pregnancy complications.
- You can also do something like you’re in a spa using mineral oils like grape essential oil to help you relax and lessen the discomfort, pain, and stiffness.
As a traditional practice of the Chinese people, acupuncture uses thin needles to pin on specific points of the body so the pain will lessen. Recent studies show that it can be a good remedy for people who are diagnosed with osteoarthritis than to have none at all.
Munch on Foods that are Anti-inflammatory
People who have osteoarthritis feel deprived of the food to eat because most of the “good food” should be avoided. But you know you have to sacrifice to feel relief from stiffness, pain, and discomfort.
- Eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as:
- Brussels sprout
Remember that some of the listed foods have high purine content, so if you have gout, please avoid sardines and shrimps to add on your diet.
- Vegetables and fruits have lots of antioxidants to lessen the osteoarthritic pain like:
- Some studies suggest that whole grains can help with the weight loss, so this can be added to your diet in minimal amounts. The best of the bunch for you are:
- Brown rice
Natural Herb Teas
Herbs that can be bought in local drugstores and supermarkets are very soothing to drink; especially after work when you’re feet are tired and sore.
- Turmeric has curcumin, an ingredient that is rich with an anti-inflammatory property that helps reduce pain and stiffness. It may also slow down the progress of the disease. You can take turmeric as tea or add it to your food.
- Ginger tea is a nice substitute because of its anti-inflammatory property. There are studies about how ginger can reduce the swelling in the joints.
- Green tea, a popular beverage worldwide, used by people with inflammation as a drink most probably because of the ingredients in the tea itself.
- The leaves of a eucalyptus plant contain tannins that are helpful in lessening the pain and swelling caused by osteoarthritis.
Control Your Weight
One major cause of arthritis is being overweight. People who are overweight find it hard to walk fast and it causes immense pressure and strain on your hips and knees that can worsen the pain. Losing extra pounds is still the remedy found by many as the best solution to osteoarthritis.
- You can do this by doing regular exercises such as swimming, walking, and jogging.
- Eat in small frequent feedings of about 5-6 times a day. This method won’t make you feel hungry. Make sure that the portions are small and healthy.
- Try to stay away from sodas and junk foods. These have been proven to cause weight gain. Eat more of fruits and vegetables, and lean meat like chicken and fish as substitutes for red meat.
- Try some juicing and smoothies that are made from natural ingredients like bananas, cucumber, watermelon, and many others. It sure does sound delicious!