There are more than 100 different types of arthritis and it can affect people of all ages. If you’re suffering from arthritis, or someone you know is, here are some lifestyle tips that may help to ease some of the common arthritis symptoms like joint pain, swelling and stiffness.
- Stay active: Studies show that physical exercise may reduce arthritis pain and fatigue. Talk with your healthcare provider about the types of exercise that may be best for you. And be sure to pace yourself so that you don’t overdo it!
- Rest when needed: Take some time to rest and conserve your energy when your joints feel painful or stiff.
- Eat a healthy diet: Fruits and vegetables may help reduce inflammation.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Weight loss may help reduce pressure on joints and ease pain.
- Meditate: Chronic pain studies showed that meditation had positive effects on pain, quality of life, and functional status. Medical professionals believe meditation may help people with arthritis manage their pain and symptoms of depression.
- Get a massage: A study showed that 60 minutes of massage once a week helped to ease knee pain from osteoarthritis.
- Improve your sleep habits: Poor sleep may worsen arthritis-related pain and fatigue. To help improve sleep habits, refer to our Better Sleep Tips article on our blog.
- Apply heat or cold treatments: Heat treatments may help with circulation, stiff joints, and tired muscles. Taking a warm bath or using a heating pad can help relax and loosen the muscles. Cold treatments may help to reduce swelling. Using a cold pack or taking an ice bath can help relieve a painful area.
- Try using arthritis-friendly gadgets: Assistive products may help with everyday tasks. Look for specially designed versions of items such as gloves, doorknob adapters, kitchen tools, gardening tools, etc.
- Stay informed: Use books, magazines, and online resources to learn more about arthritis and stay up to date on new developments in medicine and treatment options.
- Keep working with your healthcare provider: Ask your healthcare provider for any resources they may have, and be sure to talk with them about any changes in your arthritis symptoms.
Arthritis can cause difficulty in moving and performing daily tasks. However, implementing these suggestions and tips can help to make arthritis more manageable. Staying mobile and active as well as resting when needed is key in managing arthritis and maintaining a normal lifestyle.