Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Living with Arthritis

Elderly woman with arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic disease that brings about a debilitating pain that disrupts daily activities and greatly reduces the quality of life.

Although it is often managed easily with anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers, many people are starting to seek natural approaches to live with the condition while avoiding problems related to the side effects, overuse, addiction and side effects of OTC pain relief meds.

Here are natural ways to live a full life, even with Arthritis.

Consider Hydrotherapy

Use water therapy to help manage arthritis without taking pills. Take long hot baths in the morning to loosen up stiff joints and go for a cold-water soak when knees start to swell up. There are many bathtubs designed for the elderly that can allow you to do this safely and reducing your fall risks.

Consume Healing Food

Hippocrates famously said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” and this certainly applies to the management of Arthritis. Lowering your body’s inflammation through an anti-inflammatory diet greatly reduces the pain associated with the condition.

Consume a variety of fatty fish rich in Omega 3 to reduce joint stiffness. Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), a type of fatty acid found in certain plant seeds, such as black currant and evening primrose, also helps.

Add more anti-inflammatory food items, such as turmeric (found in curry) and copious amounts of garlic in your diet, for a flavorful strategy to fight arthritis pain.

Try Essential Oils

Pure and organic therapeutic-grade essential oils applied topically are powerful enough to bring down swelling associated with arthritis within minutes. These lipid-based compounds act immediately on site saving you from taking pills that need to pass through your digestive tract.

Prepare a blend of frankincense, myrrh, rosemary, ginger and lavender with olive oil for a one-two combo of anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities.

Avoid the risks associated with long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers by opting for natural methods to manage arthritis pain. Try these easy and effective natural approaches to preserve your organs and avoid risks associated with drug overuse.