Treating Arthritis Naturally

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

Arthritis is a common condition of pain and swelling in the joints that affects millions of people nationwide.

The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA.) With OA, the natural wear and tear of the tissues in the joints causes bone friction, which increases swelling and inflammation. RA is an autoimmune disease which can trigger other painful symptoms throughout the entire body.

There is no complete cure for either form of arthritis, but fortunately, there are some good natural ways to treat the condition and reduce the painful symptoms. Here are a few ways an assisted living community like Heritage Woods of DeKalb can help manage an arthritic condition in safe, natural ways.

  • Exercise and keep an eye on your weight.

Regular exercise will help you stay flexible and strong. Our bodies are made to move, so exercising will keep your joints properly lubricated and moving correctly. This will help reduce swelling and pain. An added benefit of exercise is it helps with weight management. Your body weight can have a huge impact on symptoms of arthritis, as extra weight can strain the joints.

  • Hot and cold remedies

Alternating hot and cold therapies are an effective way to manage arthritic symptoms. Hot showers or baths, or heating pads on the affected area(s) will reduce stiffness and help you move better. After exercise, cold treatments like icepacks or even a cool shower will reduce swelling and inflammation. Alternating hot and cold treatments is a good remedy, especially when you’re physically active – just remember to end with the cold variant.

  • Maintain an inflammation-reducing diet

A healthy diet can help reduce pain and swelling in your joints. The nutrients found in fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation in the body. Eating nutritious foods throughout the day will also boost your immune system and help your overall health because you’re getting the right balance of vitamins and minerals that your body needs.

These are just a few simple ways to treat the painful conditions of arthritis naturally, so you can enjoy your normal activities with less discomfort.

For more information about how an assisted living community can help seniors with arthritis pain, visit our website or call 815-787-6500.

Heritage Woods of DeKalb

2626 N. Annie Glidden Rd

DeKalb, IL 60115