Alternative Arthritis Treatment
The most common form of arthritis treatment used today is pharmaceutical medications, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), with a host of side effects, including digestive upsets, fluid retention, skin irritation, headache and high blood pressure (just to name a few), this approach has its limitations and is not designed as an arthritis cure and instead focuses on symptomatic relief.
The most common NSAIDs include: aspirin (Disprin), ibuprofen (Nurofen), naproxen (Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren) and celecoxib (Celebrex). A quick online search of the remedy name followed by the word side effects will offer the background to these remedies and their dangers.
While pharmaceutical medications have become the mainstay, alternative arthritis treatment is available and is both effective and scientifically proven. For a brief description of the scientifically proven natural remedies for arthritis click on this link.
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In summary, here are just some of the alternative arthritis treatments:
- Chiropractic is effective at treating and preventinga host conditions, including those affecting the muscles and bones. Because arthritis affects the bones and is often associated with soreness of muscles and stiffness of joints, chiropractic treatment can help those with arthritis suffer less pain, move more freely and prevent joint damage. This form of treatment involves manually manipulating the spine and joints (called an adjustment) to restore joint function, realign bony position and remove interference to the bodys natural healing mechanism. This can result in less stiffness and greater ease of movement, and can decrease the fluid that often builds up in arthritic joints.
- Massage can decrease pain and increase range of motion in arthritic joints, as well as alleviate stress and anxiety and improve sleep. A 2007 study published by theJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, found that adults with arthritis of the hand or wrist who received massage on the affected area for four weeks reported less pain and greater grip than those who did not receive such treatment. They also reported lower anxiety.
- Exercise provides a host of benefits for those with arthritis. First, its one of the key components in reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, as it both burns calories and boosts metabolism. Since being overweight can increase arthritic pain, this is reason enough to get moving; however, its far the only reason. Exercise can also help you reduce inflammation, maintain flexibility and prevent a number of health conditions.
- Stress can both increase arthritis pain and be a result of arthritis pain, making it easy to fall into a vicious cycle in which pain and stress fuel one another. When youre under stress, your body releases stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, that can cause inflammation and pain, which, of course, give you additional cause for stress. Minimising and learning how to deal with stress are important in feeling your best with arthritis.
- Acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years to treat a wide range of conditions, and it can help to ease the symptoms of arthritis. Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles along channels of energy in the body to correct the balance of this energy and alleviate pain. This process can also help to regulate the nervous system, which can prompt the body to release pain-fighting chemicals known as endorphins, as well as alter the perception of pain.
Acupuncture has been shown to be particularly beneficial to those with osteoarthritis. A University of Maryland study revealed that elderly patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis experienced significant improvement in their pain levels when acupuncture was added to their treatment. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, there is evidence that acupuncture may help to lessen pain and improve function in other joints such as the hip.
So, what is the best arthritis treatment? The approach that provides the greatest relief without doing additional harm or injury to the body; the approach that uses the bodys own healing potential (not working against it); the approach that is both natural and supports the body in healing, regeneration and repair in short, the wellness approach .