Arthritis can have a big impact on daily life, with many symptoms including; joint pain, inflammation around the joints, restricted movement of the joints, and warm, red skin on the affected area.
Keep reading to find out more about how to battle against Arthritis!
In the case of osteoarthritis, symptoms are usually caused by damage to the joint. The cartilage which covers the end of the bones gradually becomes rough and thin, whilst the other elements and tissues that make up the joint become more active; growing, producing and contracting.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when some tissue (the synovium) is inflamed due to a build up of fluids. Even when the inflammation reduces, the capsule remains stretched and is therefore unable to hold the joint in position properly.
Furthermore, following repeated episodes of inflammation, damage is done to the joint which can cause it to wear away. Most commonly felt in the hands, knees, hips and the spine, the effects of arthritis can make it difficult to move around with ease and without pain. Despite there currently being no cure for arthritis, there are however many treatments available.
As well as medication and various other treatments, there are also many other supportive and alternative therapies and methods to help relieve and treat the symptoms of arthritis. Some of these treatments include:
Used to relieve stress and anxiety, help you relax, relieve muscle tension and improve your circulation, massage therapy is ideal for helping to reduce pain.
In some cases massage has also been shown improve motion and the function of joints. Check out our Dual Action Massager - ideal for massaging many areas of your body- not just your back!
Hot and Cold Therapy (osteoarthritis)
Hot and cold therapy is commonly used to treat pain, inflammation and improve circulation. Not only does it help with muscle strains, soft tissue injuries and sciatica, but also joint pain (including arthritis)
Where cold therapy is predominately used to reduce swelling and to relieve pain, heat therapy can reduce joint stiffness, relieve pain and muscles spasms, as well help you to relax. In some cases a combination of both can be useful.
Exercise (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid)
As an important part of recovery for those with osteoarthritis, exercises should include a combination of those which strengthen the muscles, and those which improve general fitness.
Keeping active with regular exercise will not only strengthen your joints, but also improve your posture and relieve stress, all of which will help to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis. It is however important that you don’t do too much too quickly or the wrong type of exercise for you.
If you’re unsure what exercises are best for you, speak to a professional first. Check out our exercises via our homepage or YouTube channel. See our homepage for the link.
SI Joint or Hip Pain?
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Our Sacroiliac Belt provides your hips and joints with all the necessary support and compression to prevent too much movement (hypermobility) in this area, thus helping to relieve pain.
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