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Remedies for Arthritis Pain Relief - Natural Home Remedies to Ease Arthritis Pain

Updated on September 20, 2011

Arthritis has been around for just about as long as man has.  There are over 150 different types of arthritis, but unfortunately the one thing that seems to be a constant is the pain and inflammation of joints that people experience regardless of the type of arthritis they have.

Below are some remedies that can help give you some arthritis pain relief.

Massage Your Achy Joints with Warm Olive Oil

Warming up some olive oil and gently massaging the effected area can help soothe pain quickly. Be sure to also focus on the tendons leading to painful joints. For example, if it is your hands that are experiencing arthritis pain, be sure not to forget to massage the forearms from wrists to elbows.

Massage with Warm Vinegar

Another great product to use when massaging aching arthritic areas is warm vinegar. This too can soothe pain fairly quickly.

Apply Cold

There are different times when you should apply either hot or cold to arthritic areas. You should apply cold at times when the joints have been overstressed or overworked. This will help keep the swelling of those joints down. An easy-to-do process, simply put ice in a plastic bag (or you can even use a bag of already frozen vegetables like peas) and apply to the area for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the bag for about 10 to 15 minutes and then reapply again for another 15. You can do this for a few hours if you are concerned about serious swelling.

Apply Heat

Applying heat works best if the joints are already swollen or feel hot or tender. (To apply cold at this stage will just make your joints ache more.) Applying a heading pad to the effected area is the easiest way to bring arthritis pain relief. The rule of thumb basically is, if the treatment you are using offers some relief, it is the right one. If however, it causes more pain, stop and use the opposite.

Take Fish Oil

While it may not work for everyone, taking fish oil has been found to be quite effective in reducing joint tenderness and fatigue in many arthritic sufferers. Fish oil can be taken in pill form as a supplement or you can take 1 teaspoon of Cod liver oil per day (this is the less tasty of the options, obviously).

As with any supplement however, be sure to check with your doctor if you are taking any prescription medications because you want to be sure that they will interact well together.

Add Epsom Salt To Your Bath

Epsom salt can also help reduce stiffness and inflammation of joints. Simply add 4 tablespoons of Epsom salt to your bath and let it do its job while you loosen up and relax.

Use a Muscle Ointment Before Bedtime

Arthritis pain and joint stiffness often strikes first thing in the morning upon waking and the way to ward this off is to apply a muscle ointment to the areas before going to bed at night. Just as an aside: It has been found that the better you feel when you wake up, the better you will feel the rest of the day.

Try Yoga

While moving aching joints around may seem painful, not moving them tends to be a lot worse. Strengthening and lengthening those joints back to normal position is important and yoga is the perfect exercise to accomplish this. Yoga moves are slow and steady and when done correctly, can make a huge difference in how you feel.

It is recommended that you take a class first, so a teacher can show you the proper moves and correct alignment. Going forward you can use a DVD or video so you can workout at home at your convenience.

Be Sure To Pace Yourself

Be careful not to overdo it on your good days. It is common practice for arthritis sufferers to overextend themselves on the days they are feeling good to overcompensate for the days they are not at their best. This however, can backfire and make joints hurt even worse the next day from overuse. Slow and steady pacing is the best way to feel better more often.

Try Walking, Bicycling or Swimming

Low impact aerobic activity is just what the doctor ordered for people suffering from arthritis. It not only improves ones physical condition, but mental condition as well. Activities like walking, swimming or bicycling (any activity that gets your heart rate up to about 120 beats per minute) but does not overly stress joints is a great way to make you and your  body feel better all around.

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