VO: How to get arthritis pain relief?
VO: Living with arthritis can be a major pain, literally. But don’t let it get you down.
VO: There are plenty of ways to help treat arthritis pain, from maintaining a healthy weight to embracing holistic therapy methods.
VO: Find your healthy weight
VO: Being a healthy weight is important for everyone, but especially for those suffering from joint pain.
VO: Excess weight places increased stress on your body, especially your joints. But here’s the good news. Losing even just a few pounds can help you reduce pressure on your ankles, knees and hips.
VO: Eat a nutrious diet
VO: It’s important to keep an eye on what we put in our bodies. Processed sugar and saturated fats can raise levels of inflammation in your body. On the flip side, the nutrients found in some foods have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce arthritis pain.
VO: Foods that reflect the principles of a Mediterranean diet might help ease your arthritis pain symptoms.
VO: These foods, such as fish, olive oil, fruits, nuts, and leafy greens, fill your body with nutrients to fight inflammation.
VO: Get active
VO: When you’re experiencing pain, physical activity is probably the last thing you feel like doing. But exercising is one of the best ways you can decrease arthritis pain.
VO: It reduces joint stiffness, improves your range of motion and builds muscle strength, which help offload some pressure on your joints.
VO: Low impact exercises like walking, biking, gentle yoga, swimming and light weight training are all good options.
VO: Explore holistic methods
VO: While there’s conflicting scientific evidence about whether or not holistic approach to pain relief really work, many people suffering from joint pain have found these methods help provide relief.
VO: The fluid, stretching motion of Tai Chi or yoga may improve joint flexibility and range of motions, while the gentle stroking and kneading of massage can improve blood flow to affected joints, providing temporary relief.
VO: Consider medication
VO: In addition to lifestyle modifications, prescription and over-the-counter medications can help reduce pain. Talk to your doctor about the right arthritis treatment for you.