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Natural Relief From Arthritis Pain

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Natural Relief From Arthritis Pain

Arthritisdoesn’tdevelopasaresultofan injurybut insteaddevelops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even moredifficult tocopewith,as itbegs thequestion: if thepain iscoming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it? Start Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse— those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees, and hips to move with freedom. Withoutcartilage, theboneswouldrubagainstoneanotherwitheach movement and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, so, typically, does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes, it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen, and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when

the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance. Overcoming Arthritis Pain Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Therapy, on the other hand, can provide actualrelief fromarthritisbyhelping torebuildstrength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises. There is a lot of current research about what causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Onecontributing factorwehavenoticed ishow increasingly the intake ofrefinedsugarcorrelateswith jointstiffness,pain,and inflammation. If you are troubled by arthritis, eliminating refined sugar from your diet could be the perfect New Year’s resolution.


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Treating Arthritis With Physical Therapy Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through the guided practice of movement and strength-building exercises. Typically, the best activities for arthritis pain are low-impact activities including aquatic therapy. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to ensure that you are practicing the best techniques for overcoming your discomfort. There is a long list of home remedies that are said to help with arthritis pain as well, and there is some credibility to some of these concepts. For example, losing weight, exercising regularly, and making some dietary changes such as reducing caffeine and sugar consumption are said to help alleviate pain associated with arthritis. However, before you start making any changes to your lifestyle, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. For more information about how to rid your life of arthritis pain, contact VCM today.

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Print sudoku Exercise for Arthritis


  DID YOU KNOW THAT VCM PROVIDES AQUATIC THERAPY? Our sessions are held at The Mansion House pool on Wednesday mornings, or we can come to your pool for individual training and therapy sessions as well.        

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Healthy Recipe No-Bake Chocolate Peppermint Protein Balls

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• ½ tsp peppermint extract • 1/4 tsp sea salt • 2-4 tbsp crushed candy canes • 2-4 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips (optional) )

• 10 tbsp cocoa powder • 6 tbsp maple syrup • 1/4 cup almond butter (use sunbutter for nut free) • 1/4 cup unflavored pea protein powder

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Directions Put everything except the candy cane or cacao nibs, chocolate chips and water into a bowl and mix well. Slowly add water if needed (You may not need any water if your almond butter is runny). Start with a teaspoon and slowly add until you get a well mixed batter. If you add too much then the batter will be too soft to roll. Add the candy canes/cacao nibs and chocolate chips and mix again. Allow to

chill in the fridge while you clean up, then roll into balls. Recipe:

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