Elder Care in Woolwich Township, NJ – Here are some Helpful Tips for Reducing Arthritis Pain without Medication
There are more than 100 conditions, disorders, or diseases that can fall under the label of “arthritis.” More than 50 million Americans are currently dealing with some form of arthritis or another, this is according to the Arthritis Foundation. As people age, they’re going to experience more aches and pains and it could become potentially debilitating.
For anyone who relies on elder care, there are certain things the elderly home care provider may be able to do to help relieve, or encourage the patient to do that can relieve, those aches and pains.
1. Getting in shape. Getting physical exercise is one of the best ways to reduce the overall aches and pains of arthritis. However, it’s important to focus on the right types of relief and exercise. An exercise regimen that places an increased amount of pressure on those joints is going to have a negative impact on the senior’s pain experiences.
Yoga, walking, and water aerobics are all considered lower impact activities that can be beneficial at reducing the inflammation and pain of arthritis. Any activity that helps to increase blood flow throughout the body by increasing heart rate, that helps the patient reduce their weight, and gets their joints moving is going to be beneficial for overall health and well-being. These activities can also alleviate some amount of the swelling associated with arthritis.
It’s important, though, to temper the activities and not overdo it. If the senior ends up doing too much, exerting themselves too hard for too long, it has the potential to exacerbate the swelling and pain in those joints.
2. Altering the diet. Changing one’s diet can also be a great way to reduce some of the swelling and pain associated with arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation has made numerous recommendations about certain types of food that arthritis patients should focus on. Fish, flaxseed, and kiwi fruit are all highly beneficial because they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are considered anti-inflammatory. Certain nuts, legumes, and whole-grain foods contain antioxidant properties which can be beneficial in reducing swelling and alleviating pain. Whole milk, eggs, and fish also contain vitamin D which may help to reduce the progression of rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Taking Supplements. There are also numerous supplements on the market that are potentially beneficial for arthritis patients. It’s important to have the elder care client consult his or her doctor before taking any type of supplement to ensure that it will be safe for them, their health, and won’t negatively interact with prescription medications he or she may be taking currently.
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