Help And Advice For Arthritis Suffers

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physical therapyMore than 50 million adults and 300,000 children suffer from arthritis in the United States alone. Worldwide the figure is closer to 350 million.

The Many Variants Of Arthritis

There are 100 different forms of this disease but they all have the potential to bring with them large amounts of pain that severely reduces the patient’s quality of life.

These range from rheumatoid arthritis, a genetic variety whereby the immune system turns on the body itself, eating away at cartilage, joints, muscles, bones and other connecting tissue, to osteoarthritis which is a result of the gradual erosion of joints as we age.

However, there are ways to minimise the effects of the disease and the deterioration of the body.

Small Dietary Changes Make For Big Improvements

As with most things related to your health, dietary changes can be beneficial to anyone suffering from arthritis. People living around the Mediterranean are renowned for the health and longevity of their lives, and this is more a result of their diet than it is the attractive climate.

They eat a wealth of fresh fruit and vegetables, healthy fish beans and nuts. These ingredients are widely attributed to the prevention of bodily inflammation and following their lead here may help to decrease arthritic pain.

Little Tasks Making Big Differences

Sufferers of arthritis generally want to keep their independence and continue their lives as normal. This is possible as many day-to-day tasks can be carried out as normal if they are adapted somewhat.

A warm shower is soothing and good for relaxing tight muscles. However it is very easy to slip over in the shower with potentially drastic consequences and simply sitting on a chair can mitigate this risk.

Tips To Minimise Arthritic Pain

Pulling a tall chair up to the kitchen worktop when cooking and chopping will also take pressure off your joints. Heavy pots can still pose a problem but sliding them across the work surfaces rather than picking them up and risking damage to your wrists can counter this.

And when doing daily cleaning chores, dusting using an old glove or sock on your hand is more advisable than continuing with dusters that can prove difficult to grip for a long time.

What all these points stress is that all joints are more delicate and fragile than they were before the onset of arthritis and limiting their use as much as possible will restrict their deterioration.

Try to use hands as little as possible and use shoulders whenever possible, for instance when opening doors. However it is still advisable to continue doing exercise of some form or other since this obviously brings with it many physical and emotional benefits.

It is important to get personalized advice from doctors about what you can and cannot do.  Aqua exercises are good for relaxing muscles, but even a short daily walk or simple stretching can alleviate some of the pain.

The last tip I want to share is that home remedies are never a substitute for actual help and support. There are many arthritis charities across the world how can help provide specialist diet and exercise plans and provide help and advice.

James has seen first hand the effects of arthritis on his family and is devoting his free time to educating people about the help that is available. 

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