Do you wake up with stiff, painful joints?
Does it take you a while to get moving?
If you answered yes then this could be first signs of arthritis. No matter your age, arthritis affects people of all ages, young, old, men, and women.
Simply put arthritis is a joint disorder followed by inflammation.
It can be caused by:
- Joint wear and tear or injury in the case of osteoarthritis. It is estimated that more than 25% of individuals over the age of 18 in the US have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
- Gout (deposition of crystals of uric acid), diet & alcohol are the main triggers of gout and men are more likely to develop gout then women.
- Overactive immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis. RA is an autoimmune condition, where your immune system attacks the lining of your joints.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
- Painful joints, stiff joints
- Deformed joints
- Hard bumps of tissue (nodules) under the skin on your arms
- Reduced range of motion
- Difficulty sleeping
If you answered yes to one or more of the above then you may need to be proactive in your health and take action.
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, your doctor probably gave you few treatment suggestions: medications, exercises, dietary changes.
There’s no one plan fits all.
Because something worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you.
Here are some of the suggestions I give to my patients:
- Heat and Movement : If you are waking up with stiff joints then try hot shower. Infrared sauna or infrared heating pad works even better. Exercise, movement are essential when it comes to painful joints. Exercise doesn’t have to be vigorous. Walk on a treadmill, go for a walk in your neighborhood, do joint movements. 10-20 minutes will do the job. Try Tai chi or Chi Gong, these are gentle movements with many health benefits.
- LLLT (low level light therapy), also called Cold Laser: The red light wavelengths are absorbed in superficial layers of the tissue where infrared light wavelengths are best for deep tissue injuries. Both lights help with inflammation, pain and tissue repair.
Light therapy is backed by extensive research covering a wide range of conditions including arthritis.
3. Medical massage: It’s a well-known fact that people with arthritis will greatly benefit from medical massage. Massage will help with pain, relax the muscle surrounding the joints, increase range of motion, decrease pain.
4. Dietary changes: Because arthritis is a condition of chronic inflammation, making changes to your diet will enhance not only your specific pain but your overall health.
Ever heard of nightshade foods?
Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and peppers contain enzymes such as tomatine in tomatoes, solanine in potatoes that will cause inflammation & fluid retention throughout the body. Dr. Childers, a horticulturist spent 40 years researching nightshade foods and found out that symptoms which can be traced to these foods include: walking stiffness, muscle & joint pain, aching, etc.
Sometimes it’s just easier to take an anti-inflammatory medication, especially when you are in pain. Keep in mind that medications are OK to take short term but they do have side effects. You don’t want to add another symptom to your already existing condition.
Pain Relief Solutions, for temporary relief of minor pain, redness, swelling, or stiffness of joints, muscles, or connective tissues
- Make dietary changes, clean it up from all pro-inflammatory foods.
- Make moving around a priority every day, to keep those painful joints lubricated
- Pick 1 supplement and give it a good college try, don’t take 5 things all together and can’t tell what’s helping and what’s not..
- And remember, you didn’t get arthritis overnight, and it’s going to take time to feel better.
PS: At my office I offer pain relief medical massage, low level light therapy, give dietary and supplement suggestions, etc.