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Try These Home Treatments for Arthritis
Over the years, arthritis treatment has come a long way. While it’s important to follow the direction of your medical team, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should shy away from home treatments.
There are a variety of ways to treat your arthritis without medication, including but not limited to the following:
· Get more exercise: Not only does this help you maintain flexibility in your joints, but it can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Rather than rely on weight-bearing exercises, such as jogging, opt for riding a bicycle or swimming.
· Use cold and hot therapy: For example, if you’re dealing with joint pain and swelling, cold treatment is best. However, if stiffness is causing you trouble, opt for the use of a heating pad or electric blanket.
· Try massage therapy: A massage can help reduce pain in arthritic joints, increase blood flow, improve range of motion, and reduce stiffness. While self-massage can help at home, don’t hesitate to visit a local spa for a professional massage.
Although arthritis has a way of slowing you down, there are steps you can take to fight back. When you combine the help of your medical team with these home treatments, you’ll find more relief than you ever imagined possible.
Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.
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