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Tips For Dealing With Arthritis

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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When suffering from arthritis, a well designed exercise program can decrease the pain and stiffness you feel but also increase your range of motion.

Some exercises like running and floor aerobics can increase joint pain, while others like swimming, water aerobics and biking can reduce joint pain. Exercising also has positive effects on the cartilage too because it increases the blood flow. This will bring nutrients into the joint and remove waste products. When you build strong muscle around the joints, it helps reduce the chance of injury.

Each of your joints should expand to its full range of motion on a daily basis. Daily activities like housework, climbing stairs, lifting and bending do not put your joints through their full range of motion normally.

Strengthen the muscles surrounding your joints in order to better protect your joints through exercise.  There are two basic types of exercise that can help with pain relief. They are stretching and strengthening. Stretching helps you stay flexible while preventing stiffness and joint deformities and strengthening helps to make the joints stronger so that movement is less painful.

To temporarily relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis, apply heat or cold to sore joints. Heat helps to relax aching muscles. Cold can numb the area to reduce pain.

Heat methods include: electric blankets and mitts, heating pads, hot baths or showers, hot packs, hot towels, hot tubs, heated pools and paraffin wax.

Cold methods include:
bags of frozen vegetables, cold compresses, an ice cube or cubes wrapped in a towel, ice bags and cold packs.

Arthritis is the collective name of several diseases (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid, Arthritis, and Gout) that affect the joints of the body. The number one cause is toxic congestive plaques made from wrong foods, wrong drinks and too little exercise. All forms of arthritis cause joint stiffness, pain and swelling.

Eat at least two servings of fresh green and yellow vegetables to provide beta carotene, vitamin C and other nutrients to reduce cell damage. Eat grapefruit and other fresh fruits for citrus flavonoids daily.

Flavonoids are substances that are thought to increase the effect of vitamin C. They may have a soothing inflammation effect.

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