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The 4 Easiest Ways to Treat Arthritis Symptoms NATURALLY

Millions of Americans deal with the aches and pains of arthritis on a daily basis. In fact, of the 40 million people in the US who suffer from this class of diseases, one third say that it limits their leisure activities. A full 25 percent say they are in chronic, debilitating pain on a daily basis. If you are one of those who suffer from one or more of the nearly 100 types of arthritis, you might be asking what can be done?

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The 4 Easiest Ways to Treat Arthritis Symptoms NATURALLY

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While there are several medications on the market that limit pain, few are targeted at your ability to move your affected joints and many carry nasty potential side effects. Fortunately, there are four easy ways to treat arthritis symptoms naturally, without the use of medication. 4 EasyWays toTreat Arthritis Symptoms 1. Low Impact Exercise Once upon a time, if something in your body hurt, you were told to rest until it no longer hurt anymore. What we did not realize was that people with chronic pain were resting for days, weeks, or sometimes even months or years. Such extended “rest” only resulted in muscle atrophy, or deterioration of muscle tissue. While arthritis generally affects the joints of the body, muscle loss increases stress on the joints, allows them to move in ways that are unhealthy and causes more

pain. Exercise, particularly strength training, also prevents bone loss and enhances bone density in people who are prone to fractures. Low impact exercise also impacts other symptomsofarthritis thatarenotnecessarily associated with joint pain. Feelings of fatigue that are so common in arthritis patients can be greatly reduced by low impact exercise. After just 30 minutes of low impact exercise, thebrain isfloodedbythefeel-goodhormones called endorphins that block pain, minimize any discomfort associated with exercise and even create a feeling of euphoria. Exercise also increases flexibility in stiff joints and makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. 2. Diet & Weight Loss Tired of having a doctor tell you to lose 10 percent of your body weight for better health?

Then perhaps it is time to take that advice to heart. One 2005 study showed that losing justonepoundofweight reducesfourpounds of pressure on the knees. Another showed that losing weight can reduce inflammation throughout the body, including in the joints where arthritis is so prevalent. That’s not to say that you should take on a drastic weight loss program in order to save your joints. Diet matters as well. Diets rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants can help protect joints and improve blood flow. As a bonus, these nutrients are generally found in fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Additionally, people that consume monounsaturated fats found in nuts, seeds and avocados experience less inflammation in muscles and joints that can lead to pain.

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1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.

warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

The 4 Easiest Ways to Treat Arthritis Symptoms Naturally

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3. Heat & Cold Yes, that heating pad feels great on aching muscles and joints, but only applying heat to the body does not have the same health benefits as knowing when to apply heat and when to apply cold. 4. Physical Therapy It is easy to assume that physical therapy is a “one and done” experience. If you suffer from an injury, a physical therapist helps you get back on your feet and back to normal. What most people don’t realize is that physical therapy can offer continuous care for those suffering from chronic conditions, such as arthritis. Not only do physical therapistsoffer the latestultrasound therapies,exerciseplans and equipment, they can give you tools to manage your arthritis pain and discomfort at home, without the use of prescription medications. They can also help you develop strategies to compensate for any disability you may experience, create an exercise plan for optimal health and discuss your nutritional needs. If you are experiencing pain and discomfort due to arthritis, there has never been a better time than now to come back to physical therapy. Call us today to speak with a physical therapist or come on in for a free consultation.

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“These treatments savedme from having surgery.” “Icouldnotsitupordriveacarduetoapinched nerve in my neck. After a prescription from my doctor, Lauren tried everything possible in treating me. We found success and now I am free of pain. She also treated me with a tear in my right arm rotator cuff. Now, I have more freedom of motion and less pain. These treatments saved me from having surgery. I would highly recommend Lauren and Rehab Accesstoeverybodywho issufferingfromany pain. The staff was very friendly and helpful during my treatments.” – C.B.

“Everyone is so friendly & helpful. I am not experiencing pain since my visit. I always recommend Rehab Access to anyone who is need....” – D.B. “It relieved me of all stress on my back and joints.” “Rehab Access is the best physical therapy center on the Westbank. The personnel are friendlyandprofessional. Itrulybenefitedfrom watertherapy. Itrelievedmeofallstressonmy back and joints.” – A.W.

Applying Heat & Cold Therapy for Arthritis

When to Apply Heat There are two types of heat therapy. Dry heat, or conducted heat, comes from sources like dry heating packs, saunas or heating pads. These easy to apply methods are ideal for mild stiffness or when arthritis pain is limited to a small area. Moist heat, or convection heat, comes from wet or moist heating sources. Hot baths, steam rooms, moist heating packs or even steamed towels can offer the same benefit as dry heat therapy in smaller amounts of time. Regardless of the type, applying heat to an affected area loosens the muscle or joint, relieves pain and offers some flexibility to the area. Use heat first thing in the morning, before exercising or whenever arthritis discomfort threatens to sideline you from daily activities.

When to Apply Cold Many people who suffer from arthritis pain complain of burning in their muscles and joints. Applying gel ice packs or frozen vegetables can reduce inflammation and numb painful, burning areas. Cold therapy can be applied for as little as ten minutes, but no more than 20 minutes per application. It can also be used several times a day, throughout the day. Regardless of the source, never put frozen items directly on the skin. Not only is it uncomfortable, it can damage the skin, soft tissues and nerves.

Source: http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/arthritis-diet/losing-weight/weight- joint-pain.php

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