Pain, swelling, reduced range of motion and stiffness are some of the debilitating symptoms that victims of arthritis deal with most days. It’s no wonder that most sufferers feel the need to hang up their exercise shoes to avoid constant pain.
Arthritis has been recorded to be the major cause of chronic pain in Australia and is one of the most common long-term diseases in Australia. More than 3.1 million Australians (15.2% of the total population) were estimated to be affected by arthritis in 2007–08.[i]
Arthritis is generally perceived to be a disease that the elderly suffer, however many young adults are struck with it, however typically in the form of the autoimmune condition; Rheumatoid arthritis.
What is arthritis?
Arthritis is a painful condition causing inflammation and joint pain. Although it is commonly known as one disease, it is in fact a term used to explain over 100 conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. However the three most common; rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout account for over 95% of those diagnosed in Australia.
What’s the difference between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis?
Although both provide uncomfortable symptoms and discomfort depending on the seriousness of the condition, Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis are formed from different triggers.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease caused by a person’s own immune system attacking his or her otherwise healthy body. It can harm and attack anywhere in the body regardless of the amount the joint has been used.
Osteoarthritis is developed overtime due to excessive wear to the cartilage between the joints, because of this it is considered less common in younger people.
Finding solutions in promoting anti-inflammatory in the body is hugely beneficial to reducing pain in Osteoarthritis; these are some great suggestions to naturally support arthritis pain relief.
Weight loss and management
Excess weight can place unwanted strain on our joints and therefore create more pain. Without the support of strong muscles carrying extra weight can be detrimental to arthritis pain relief.
Even though the simple thought may help, getting your joints moving will help blood flow and flexibility. Plus by building muscles around the affected joints will help ease the pressure on your joints and therefore provide some pain relief.
Will promote movement and therefore blood circulation. By helping speed up blood circulation the body has greater ability to heal.
Anti-inflammatory medications and natural remedies
Some herbal remedies have proven track records in providing arthritis pain relief due to their therapeutic anti-inflammatory benefits. Try Boswellia Carterii or Panax pseudoginseng. Plus there is fantastic research around curcumin which is the naturally occurring chemical compound found in turmeric.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Physical and occupational therapists can provide a range of treatment options for pain management including:
- Ways to properly use joints
- Heat and cold therapies
- Range of motion and flexibility exercises
- Assistive devices
So don’t hang up your shoes too soon. There are a range of options to help support arthritis pain relief, remember to listen to your body and test out some different options until you find one that works for you.
Zen offers both internal and topical pain relief products to help motivate movement and promote living life to its fullest.