Arthritis is a common condition among the elderly, affecting the quality of life for millions of Americans each year. Commonly associated with severe pain that limits mobility, many look to medications to help minimize and alleviate discomfort. However, in addition to prescribed medications, we also wanted to share a few natural remedies that can help alleviate pain safely.
Doctors and geriatric care specialists often recommend that seniors with arthritis try to exercise daily. There is a myth that exercise makes arthritis worse by forcing the individual to move the affected joints, however the opposite proves true. Regular movement of the joints actually helps keep them limber and can thus aid in minimizing pain. Exercise also helps seniors maintain a healthy weight, relieving additional strain on the joints and bones. Walking, biking and light resistance training exercises can be a great way to start a low-impact exercise plan. After consulting with a doctor about an exercise plan, seek out a family member or even an hourly home caregiver to help execute exercises safely and comfortably.
Another natural remedy gaining popularity among seniors with arthritis is acupuncture. Although unorthodox for some, acupuncture can be an effective option for relieving pain associated with arthritis. Professional acupuncturists focus on certain pressure points in the body located near nerves. They decrease pain by increasing the release of the chemicals that block the pain, also known as endorphins, in the associated area. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary, with most treatments lasting from 5 to 30 minutes.
Although many topical treatments are ineffective in minimizing arthritis pain, Capsaicin is an exception. Capsaicin first stimulates then decreases the intensity of pain signals in the body. Seniors can apply the cream up to 4 times a day, and many report almost immediate relief. During the first few applications, the patient may feel a burning or itching sensation, however this is said to go away with repeated use. The cream is readily available without a prescription and is a very affordable option for pain management.
The above are just a few of the natural remedies available to arthritis sufferers. If you or an aging loved one struggle with arthritis and associated symptoms, understand that it doesn’t have to control y our life. Visit www.homecareassistancedenton.com for more information about in-home senior care or call 972-468-6010 and speak to a Care Manager. Our phone lines are open 24/7 and we are more than happy to answer any of your questions regarding arthritis care and relief.