If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) then medication is the best way to cope with it. But medication doesn’t always take care of all of the aspects of RA. Here are a 7 natural treatments to help you cope with the pain of RA.
HOT AND COLD TREATMENTS
REST AND RELAXATION
CREAMS, GELS, AND LOTIONS
Exercise is critical for anyone with rheumatoid arthritis. RA doesn’t just cause pain, but it also causes you to use your joints in a way that stresses other structures. For this reason, it’s important to maintain flexibility and strength, and the only way to do so is to exercise. Exercise will not be easy, so it’s important to choose one that you enjoy and not to overexert yourself. Options include walking, water aerobics, biking, yoga, and tai chi.
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help heal and strengthen an area that is causing pain. A physical therapist will use a variety of treatments including ice and heat, electrical stimulation, and specific exercises to gradually strengthen and reduce swelling and inflammation. This is usually a temporary treatment that can be used at home later.
Fish oil can help ease the pain and inflammation of RA. In order for it to be effective, you should take 4 grams (4 standard capsules) of fish oil daily. Double check with your doctor before taking fish oil.
Heat is one of the best treatments that can be done from home. Alternating heat and ice, each for 15 minutes at a time, can give you powerful relief.
This treatment depends on how you’re feeling. If you’re joints and muscles aren’t feeling too tender then massage can be a great way to ease muscle tension and help you relax. You will be the best judge as to whether your joints and muscles can handle a massage at the time. When choosing a massage therapist, make sure that they have experience treating people with RA.
One of the most important things for RA treatment is to rest. If your body is feeling overworked, then rest is crucial so that you don’t feel more fatigued. Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night or take an afternoon nap if needed.
Topical ointments containing capsaicin, salicylates, camphor, or menthol can help ease the pain of RA.
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