Numerous natural treatments can help bring back your quality-of-life if you are suffering from osteoarthritis. Here are a few key approaches.

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is marked by the gradual deterioration of the cartilage in the joints, causing excruciating bone-on-bone friction. Several different natural treatments can help alleviate pain and improve the function of impacted joints.

Exercise

Careful, conscientious strengthening and cardiovascular exercise help to build the muscles so that the joints are better supported and pressure is relieved. In fact, UCLA rheumatologist Roy Altman, MD, notes that exercise for these muscles is critical because every step causes your knee to experience (shockingly) 6 times your body weight.

Hot/cold therapy

Many doctors recommend thermotherapy for osteoarthritis, the use of hot and cold. The heat (as from a heating pad) improves bloodflow, while the cold (as from ice or a cold pack) lowers inflammation near the nerve. Specifically, ice massage has proven effective in treating arthritic knees.

Weight control

Extra weight increases joint pressure and, in turn, exacerbates pain. “Weight control in those who are overweight is one thing you can do to control symptoms and perhaps even slow progression,” explains Dr. Altman. Start by getting plenty of fruits and vegetables, reducing fatty meats and carbohydrates.

Anti-inflammatory foods

There are many different types of food out there that are anti-inflammatory. That characteristic allows them to help combat the swelling associated with pain. Some of the top anti-inflammatory items are garlic, onions, celery, pickles, and lemon. The high quantities of omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, mackerel, sardines, and flaxseed are particularly helpful.

Get a supplement

Various supplements can be used to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis. Examples include glucosamine-chondroitin, fish oil, and flaxseed oil. Researchers say that SAMe (s-adenosyl-L-methionine) alleviates the pain of OA and that avocado soybean unsaponifiables (ASUs) could possibly stop further degeneration.

Therapeutic massage

Therapeutic massage is often effective for reducing inflammation in patients with osteoarthritis. By massaging the affected areas, the therapist helps the body to increase circulation, in turn making it easier to release tightness and tension. “Be sure to only use a massage therapist who has experience treating osteoarthritis patients, as arthritic joints are very sensitive and must be handled with care,” notes Everyday Health.

Are you suffering from osteoarthritis? At Advanced Wellness & Rehab, therapeutic massage is just one of the many strategies we offer to treat osteoarthritis patients. Call Dr. Roy directly at 316-440-7470, or get a free consultation today.