The culprit behind why many elderlies often complain about experiencing pain when they are sitting down, or climbing the stairs, is ultimately arthritis. Arthritis is a disease that causes painful inflammation and stiffness in the joints. However this disease does not know age; individuals as young as 6 months old may develop it. Neither does it know sexes, as both males and females are prone to developing this disease. It is a common endemic found throughout the whole global community.
Symptoms of arthritis joints that are often found in the patients are swelling, pain and stiffness. To avoid experiencing such pain, patients usually decrease their daily mobility rate. However, the lack of motion will eventually take a toll on other internal systems and affect the overall wellbeing. We have gathered 4 ways to avoid developing arthritis and treat your joint pains for immediate relief.
#1 – CHILL IT
Put out a fire with something that cools it. Ease your arthritis pain immediately with:
- ice packs
- coolant sprays
- ice baths
- cold water
Applying cold therapy for inflammation should last 10-15 minutes. During this time, the icy therapy will protect the body from nerve, skin and tissue damage.
#2 – CONSUME ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
As arthritis is mainly inflammation, the best natural remedy to combat it is with proper diet. Anti-inflammatory foods cool and fight inflammation within the internal body. Ensure to include these anti-inflammatory foods in your meals:
- olive oil
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale
- nuts like almonds and walnuts
- fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
- fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Drinks like green tea carry special antioxidants (polyphenols) that help fight inflammation and swelling, alongside boosting the immune system as a whole. Moreover, it fights off infections that are potentially growing or already exist in the body.
#3 – INCREASE CALCIUM INTAKE
Calcium is an essential nutrient for arthritis patients. Arthritis is found to be caused by calcium deficiency thus increasing calcium intake may ease the pain and eventually slow down the disease progression. Foods rich with calcium include:
- dairy products (milk, cheese and yoghurt)
- fish (sardines, whitebait)
#4 – EXERCISE
Exercising strengthens skeletal health and flexibility. With exercise, the cartilage in the joints becomes more resilient alongside helping to rid of weight that contributes pressure to the arthritis pain. A form of exercise that is deemed feasible for joint pain is swimming. Swimming focuses on muscle groups and cardiovascular endurance. This keeps the joints free from pressure.
Walking as an exercise can also relief joint pain. When doing this, consider going barefoot or wear a shoe that is accurately identical to your feet’s natural arch and heel contour. This is to release stress or too much pressure from your joints while you are walking.