Arthritis: Five methods to help ease pain, stiffness and reduce inflammation quickly

Arthritis is a common complaint characterised by painful joint symptoms, such as stiffness and swelling. If left untreated, rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammatory type of arthritis – can inflame the blood vessels, a complication that can prove life-threatening. When pain strikes it can most certainly have a negative effect on one’s life. Fortunately, there are a few proven methods to help ease arthritis pain quickly.

Add turmeric to your diet

Turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

In one study, scientists gave turmeric to rats to ascertain its effect on inflammation and pain.

The results indicated that it helped to significantly reduce inflammation in their joints.

Other studies have found participants’ pain levels improved when walking and when climbing stairs, as did their knee function, from taking turmeric supplements.

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Topical gels

These gels work by stimulating sensory nerve endings in the skin, and the body responds by reducing pain signals through the nervous system, according to Dr Doreen Stiskal, chair of the physical therapy department at Seton Hall University.

He added: “Gel and capsaicin cream are two options to relieve arthritis pain.”

Capsaicin cream is a popular topical pain reliever that can be bought over-the-counter.

Get a massage

A gentle massage from a professional is known to help manage joint pain and discomfort.

Massages are also unlikely to pose any added risks and may provide indirect benefits including helping to reduce stress.

It’s essential you use a massage therapist who has experience in treating people who suffer with arthritis.

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