Arthritis manifests itself in hundred different medical conditions effecting your bodyâ€™s musculo-skeletal system. Even though people know most of the symptoms of arthritis but still they have a question i.e. What does arthritis feel like? It is difficult to explain what does arthritis feel like because the feeling varies from person to person. In most of its manifestations it causes inflammation and stiffness in joints, ligaments and tendons.
Although there is no one-time cure for arthritis but exercise, diet, medication and other holistic and alternative treatments, such as biofeedback and therapeutic massage go a long way in easing the Arthritis pain.
Quite contrary to the popular belief, exercise eases arthritis pains and protects their joints from further damage. Exercise helps
- Maintaining normal movement of joints
- Increase flexibility and muscle strength
- Reduce pressure on joints by maintaining weight
- Keep bones and cartilage tissues strong
- Improve cardiovascular fitness
- Improve endurance
These advantages definitely bring a difference in Arthritis pain.
A balanced diet also helps ease Arthritis pain. Avoiding fats from red meat and poultry and switching to the more healthier cold water fish reduces inflammation. Including soybean and avocado stimulates cartilage repair to help you fight arthritis. Sea foods like lobsters, crabs and shrimp shells are rich in Glucosamine that helps re-lubricating the joints.
Medications prescribed by your doctor may bring about long term benefits for your arthritis or they may relieve the immediate symptoms and bring short term relief. Over-the-counter medications like Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is often recommended for mild inflammation to osteoarthritis patients along with little or while aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen for inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis in back causing stomach problems is very common. This could be because of long term use of aspirin and NSAIDs causing stomach problems such as ulcers and bleeding.
Holistic and Alternative Treatments
Holistic and Alternative treatments like massages help ease joint pains by improving blood circulation. Other therapies like yoga, Ayurveda water therapy, steam therapy, magnet therapy, meditation, hypnotherapy and homeopathy have shown promising improvements in Arthritis and pain management.