Can You Ease Arthritis Pain Naturally?

Arthritis is a degenerative condition which causes inflammation around the joints. This can result in pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. Sadly, there is no cure for arthritis, but there is a lot of research currently going on into potential treatments. Some people also like to find natural ways to manage the condition as well. 

It’s best to follow medical advice for treatments and pain management, but complementary therapies, which are designed to be used alongside mainstream medications, work well for many people. Here are some simple and natural methods that may ease arthritis pain.


Heat therapy

Warm temperatures help the muscles to relax, by widening the blood vessels and helping the blood to flow to the area. This can soothe pain and ease the stiffness in the muscles. A soak in a warm bath can be beneficial for this. If getting into a bath is too difficult, you could use a hot water bottle or electric blanket. 


Diet changes

Some dietitians advise including food-groups which are known for their anti-inflammatory properties in the diet. This involves avoiding too many highly processed foods, such as biscuits, cakes, and pies, and eating more fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans, and whole grains. 

Oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, contain omega-3 fatty acids, which can help to reduce inflammation. Green tea, and spices such as turmeric and ginger, also contain antioxidants, which may help to reduce inflammation. 


Keeping to a healthy weight

Being within a healthy weight range is advisable for overall good wellbeing, but is also important to avoid putting extra pressure on the joints. This can be achieved by following a carefully balanced diet, and staying active. If you need help managing your weight, your doctor may refer you to a nutritionist. 


Taking regular exercise

Staying fit and active is an important part of managing arthritis. Exercise can be challenging when you have an inflammatory joint condition, and it is best to consult your doctor before trying anything new.

They may recommend low impact exercise, such as swimming, gentle yoga, or walking. This will also help you to maintain a greater degree of mobility as the condition progresses, and may even protect your joints from worse damage.



Some people find that meditation techniques, such as progressive muscle relaxation, are beneficial to help them manage pain. Lowering stress levels can reduce inflammation in the body, as well as ease the anxiety and depression which sometimes stems from living with daily chronic pain.

The pain can lead to raised cortisol levels and lower levels of serotonin, which is the hormone responsible for regulating our mood. If unmanaged, the patient may find themselves trapped in a downward spiral of negative thoughts, and become inward and isolated. 

Techniques such as mindfulness can teach an individual to focus on the present moment, and view their situation in a more objective and compassionate light. 


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