Arthritis prevention

There are a number of different measures that you can take in order to avoid arthritis problems. There are even plans that you can make that will help you to prevent this disease. It is likely, however that you will need to change some of your habits, and your lifestyle in general. Here are some tips that can help you to figure out your plan and to implement it.

Have you ever heard of acupuncture? If not, then now it is the right time for you to become acquainted with this technique. Acupuncture originated in ancient China, although this treatment is now widely practiced in the West. Acupuncture is a system that is complementary to traditional medicine. This treatment involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles or other stimulators such as heat or electric impulses in order to alleviate pain and to treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions — and arthritis is no exception.

Acupuncture is one of the most ancient treatments that help to reduce pain. During this procedure, different “acupoints” are stimulated, which helps to heal some organs of the body, to bring pain relief and increase energy. To find a good practitioner of acupuncture, you should ask your doctor or your friends and family.

Acupressure or “shiatsu” is a form of therapy of Japanese origin based on the same principles as acupuncture; however, in acupressure, the pressure is applied to certain points on the body using the hands, fingers and palms to stimulate the acupoints.

Acupressure practitioners describe a “wind,” that is present in the body, moving aches and pain, cold, or joints that are swelling and reacting to a weather changes such as heat, or inflamed and red areas; and damp, the reaction of diseased joints to extreme weather changes.

Aromatherapy is generally known as the use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils in massage or baths. It can also be a very good measure to help to prevent arthritis. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment. Aromatherapy can reduce pain, and is a one of the most effective stress beaters. Aromatherapy involves massage, bathes, and scented air. Different aromatic oils are used in order to create a purported connection between body and soul.

Aromatherapy is a branch of holistic medicine that has many advantages, causing more and more people have come to prefer aromatherapy to other methods of relaxation and healing. It is a pleasant way to spend leisure time as well as being very beneficial to your health, so you may want to try it yourself.

There are a number of different aromatic plants extracts and essential oils that can be used in order to treat arthritis. These include extracts and oils from such plants as camphor, cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, hyssop, juniper, lavender, chamomile, rosemary, benzoin, and many others. You can also mix different oils and extracts in order to achieve good results. For example, you can mix three drops of rosemary extract, three drops of chamomile extract and some base oil such as almond, avocado, or sesame oil, and then, rub and knead the diseased joints with that oil to relieve tension and pain. Alternatively, you can use that mix in your bath water, simply increasing the number of drops, since it will be diluted by the water.

Massage and baths are not the only ways in which aromatherapy can be used. You can also inhale the vapor that comes from water to which the oils are added, or add the oils to your perfume. There are many ways to use aromatic oils and make them a part of your life. However, you should remember to use them in moderation.

In order to battle arthritis more actively, you can also make some changes to your eating habits. Dietary planning is a very important factor for good health. The deficiency of some vitamins can become one of the causes of arthritis, or can exacerbate the situation. That is one of the reasons that it is necessary to change your eating habits so that you get more vitamins. If you do not take supplements, you may want to consider doing so.

Physical activity is also extremely important; our bodies need to be active every day. You may want to consider going in for some sport or signing up at a gym – both good measures to improve your health. Sport participation is beneficial both mentally and physically, and regular exercise can help to prevent many diseases, including arthritis. You should make a concerted effort to exercise, but do not force yourself to do something you do not enjoy; instead, think of another activity that will motivate you. You can also write down your successes and take a look at them when you feel yourself losing motivation. Of course, it is very easy to tell someone to go out and exercise, and not necessarily as easy for that person to do it. Your biggest motivation, though – to stay healthy and live happily – should encourage you no matter what. You may want to exercise with your friends, so that you will be able to encourage each other. You can also do something active such gardening or playing with children. You can make small changes to your lifestyle such as getting off the bus one stop earlier and walking – which may seem to be a minor thing, but which actually makes a difference.

When you experience pain from arthritis, one manner of treatment is to take two packs: one with ice and another with hot water — and try placing them alternatively on your diseased joints. The changing of the temperature often brings relief; simply wait a bit following the first application for your skin to return to normal temperature, and then apply the second pack. The results can be surprisingly effective.

If the application of heat and cold does not help, then you probably want to consider using some type of pill or painkiller to relieve the pain. There are some medications for arthritis that may be prescribed by a doctor, but there are also others that are available without a prescription. If you choose over-the-counter medications, then be careful with dosages and be sure to follow directions carefully to avoid any negative side effects.

Another method of reducing pain is ultrasound. Check with your healthcare provider to see if they offer such treatment; if not, your doctor can advise you where to find it. Ultrasound waves actually focus on the diseased areas and reduce the pain.

To decrease pain, you can also try transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. This is a special technique intended to provide pain relief by applying electrodes to the skin to block impulses in underlying nerves. It is very effective and pain-free; once again, your healthcare provider may or may not offer this type of treatment.

You will find a number of methods will really make an impact on relief of the arthritis you are experiencing. Always keep an open mind and the easing of your joints will shortly follow!


Last updated on Mar 8th, 2009 and filed under Musculoskeletal Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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