Arthritis can be debilitating. Inflammation and stiffness in the joints can cause pain so excruciating that even turning over in bed will sometimes feel like a battle. Through the years, those suffering from arthritis will watch their mobility and independence decrease often to a point of chronic pain and dependence. There are currently over 100 different forms of arthritis . It’s important to take an active role when it comes to promoting your quality of life. Here are a few of the many ways you can get involved when it comes to promoting pain relief, personal independence, and healthy mobility.
Physiotherapy, for example, plays a vital role in managing arthritis. It can help you to maintain autonomy by improving your mobility, strength and flexibility. Physiotherapists have a detailed understanding of the body and movement. A physiotherapist can work with you to devise simple exercise programs that you can practice at home to help you build your strength and flexibility. Exercise is especially important for people with arthritis. It will assist in reducing joint pain and increasing mobility. A physiotherapist will offer advice, and design a customized treatment plan that may include; exercise, posture, hydrotherapy, massage, pain relief techniques (such as electrotherapy) and/or something called TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machines.
The less weight we put on our joints as they struggle for optimal mobility, the better. Some people will see their symptoms disappear if they lose 10 to 20 pounds, says Roy Altman, M.D., a rheumatologist and professor of medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. Aqua based athletics can be an excellent way to get your heart rate up, without putting extra pressure on your joints. Many people also find hydrotherapy to be soothing on joint pain, so this type of exercise could actually be a win/win.
Physicians, dieticians, personal trainers, and physiotherapists have all been touting the incredible benefits of including antioxidants in your day-to-day nutrition plan. In short, antioxidants work around the clock to protect your cells from free radicals. Free radicals are basically unstable molecules; their electron count is out of balance. This in turn, leads to oxidative stress, which brings on inflammation. Antioxidants in turn, work to protect your body from dangerous inflammation. Antioxidants can be found in food sources such as; chocolate (yes, chocolate!), berries, nuts, coffee (yes, coffee!), cooked vegetables, beans and colourful fruits. Make sure to consult a Naturopathic Doctor as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.