How to Help Keep the Pain of Arthritis at Bay
- Stay Positive: It is so hard to stay optimistic when you wake up in pain every day or when you have to forgo your favorite activities due to pain and inflammation. While it may be hard to find happiness in these hard times, a sunny disposition will help you manage your pain better, as well as enjoy life more. Surround yourself with people you love and find new hobbies that do not require you to overuse your joints. If you have the funds available, hire out housework and grocery shopping so that you can focus your energy on things you really enjoy. Most importantly, keep a small notebook of things you are grateful for and look at it often when negativity sets in.
- Check Your Diet: Research shows which foods are beneficial for arthritis and the foods that can agitate the condition. Fill your diet with natural foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. Foods that are rich in omega-3s, such as salmon or walnuts. Also, enjoy several servings of vegetables and fruits a day because they are full of antioxidants and essential nutrients. Individuals with sensitivities to food are more likely to aggravate their pain by eating certain foods. It is wise to have a food allergen test performed by a doctor. Many individuals have shellfish, dairy, and gluten food sensitivities without even knowing it.
- Pick the Right Exercise: Aim to move a little bit each day. Participate in exercise that is easy on the joints, such as walking, swimming, and water aerobics. Yoga is also beneficial for arthritis sufferers because it helps increase mobility and flexibility. On days that your joints are inflamed, skip exercise all together, and rest instead.
- Try a Chiropractor: A chiropractor can gently make adjustments throughout your body that will help with the pain that arthritis brings. Regular visits to the chiropractor can also help with inflammation and can increase your range of movement and mobility. Another benefit of seeing a chiropractor is that it can improve your posture, which will help reduce pain throughout your whole body.
Arthritis can be a debilitating condition if you let it overtake your life. Always look for ways to relieve your joint pain. Keep a record of what food or exercise helps the pain and what makes it worse. Don’t forget to check with your primary doctor before trying any treatment or supplement.
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