If you have arthritis, your rheumatologist may recommend natural or alternative treatments in conjunction with your regular medication and physical therapy. There are lots of different options for further relief of your symptoms. Talk to your doctor before seeking any additional treatments. The following therapies can help soothe your arthritis and don't require a prescription or referral.
Topical creams that heat up
Although the relief that they provide is temporary, topical creams that induce a heating sensation in your joints can help you accomplish light tasks such as writing, gardening and cooking. There are several different categories of these creams, and they work in slightly different ways. Creams that contain menthol, eucalyptus, or cinnamon work by providing a slightly irritating sensation to the skin while warming your joints and also confusing your pain receptors. Creams with capsaicin, a derivative of the chili pepper, work by blocking pain receptors.
Acupuncture can help arthritis by stimulating the nervous system. When the acupuncture needles are inserted, your body produces endorphins, which are natural pain killers. A regular regimen of acupuncture may be able to reduce joint pain and stiffness.
There are lots of supplements that can help with arthritis. One of the most recommended supplements is Chondroitin sulfate, which naturally occurs around joints. Other vitamins and supplements that can help reduce arthritis pain are glucosamine sulfate, calcium, vitamin D3, and vitamin E.
There are a few different spices that you can cook with to ease your symptoms. Tumeric has been proven in empirical research to reduce pain and inflammation. Turmeric is a spice used primarily in Indian food.
Ginger is also a pain- and inflammation-fighting powerhouse. In one study, ginger worked just as well as traditional, over the counter pain relievers. Ginger, which also reduces inflammation, is a versatile spice that can be added to green tea, curries, and fruit as a topping.
A chiropractor can help your joints align properly, so that movement can be restored to stiff areas of your body. Not only can a chiropractor gently move your bones back into place, many offer electrical stimulation that can also bring pain relief to the affected areas by inducing endorphins.
Yoga is an incredible work-out for those who suffer from stiffness due to arthritis. Yoga can help reduce pain and stiffness by gently stretching your body. Yoga can be tailored to your skill level and flexibility.
For professional treatment, contact a doctor's office such as Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates of South Jersey.