Arthritis is a disease that causes pain, stiffness and swelling of the joints, hence the reason so many men and women seek out natural remedies for this painful condition.

The signs and symptoms of arthritis are persistent joint pain or inflammation resulting in the joint swelling with redness or warmth.

Other symptoms could include joint deformity, limited range of motion of the joint, extreme fatigue or unexplained weight loss or a fever with unknown origin.

If you exhibit these signs and symptoms, a visit to your physician and a series of tests with a physical examination can make a definitive diagnosis of arthritis or determine if there is a different cause.

We’ve all seen those that have extreme arthritis, and just to look at their swollen, malformed joints makes one have the utmost sympathy for the sufferer. 

Inflammago is another natural remedy for arthritis in addition to one I highly recommend called JointEase (both made by Native Remedies), which address the issue of inflammation in the joints effectively, and also the ongoing health and flexibility of the joints, together.

If arthritis is the cause of your joint pain and discomfort, discuss with your doctor some of the treatments and natural remedies for arthritis that can be utilized to control your pain and stiffness.

Pain Relief

Traditional treatment options used for arthritis symptoms are anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medications, corticosteroids and anti-rheumatic drugs.  Steroid injections may be used locally for a specific painful joint.

Many people with severe, progressive arthritis may enjoy things like hot tubs and saunas or other heated spa like treatments, and it may be extremely beneficial to have one of these devices in your home – an investment well worth it for someone in this position. Heating pads are also excellent for comforting flare ups.

There are treatment options for arthritis by various natural approaches to controlling the symptoms of the disease. Work with your doctor when undertaking the natural remedy so you’re both communicating together to control your arthritis.

Magnet therapy may be used and it is believed that it relieves arthritis pain by improving circulation. Supplements that help control inflammation, which is the main reason behind joint pain and the arthritis condition, can be used in conjunction with other lifestyle habits that support and foster healthy, comfortable joint function.

Massage therapy is another method for obtaining relief from arthritis.  However, massage therapy should not be done when joints are excessively tender or inflamed.  When done correctly and not during periods of exacerbation, massage therapy can improve joint movement and relax tense muscles.

Biofeedback, using guided imagery and relaxation techniques can reduce the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis.  Meditation and deep breathing exercises help to relax an arthritis sufferer and breaks the pain and stress cycle of this disease.

Yoga programs are available that are specifically tailored to be used by those with arthritis.  It is emphasized that a safe, gentle approach to doing yoga applies for arthritis patients.  Extreme “pretzel” poses are avoided in these kind of yoga programs.

Regular exercise is recommended for arthritis patients as a free and natural remedy against arthritis pain and progression.  Most people with arthritis do not get enough exercise which will lead to a worsening of their condition. Gentle, stretching moves can actually be extremely therapeutic for those with arthritis.

It of course seems counter intuitive that exercise, something that in itself can cause arthritis pain, would actually help prevent it from being so painful, but inactivity causes you joints to actually become even more inflexible, making the times you do choose to move and enjoy physical activity all that much more uncomfortable for you, essentially imprisoning you in a life of inactivity. Who wants that?!

Glucosamine and chondroitin, in addition to other joint health and arthritis natural remedies, are dietary supplements that are used in combination for easing the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Glucosamine and chondroitin are non prescription venues for joint pain relief.  Both glucosamine and chondroitin are found naturally in our body and function to maintain healthy joint cartilage.  Glucosamine is an amino sugar and chondroitin sulfate is found in cartilage.

If you are considering trying glucosamine and chondroitin supplements for your arthritis discomfort, let your doctor know.  Certain individuals, such as diabetics, need to use caution or may be contraindicated to take this supplement.

In addition, there are certain drug interactions with glucosanine and chondroitin supplements that both you and your doctor need to be aware of.  The general opinon is that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are, for certain patients with arthritis, an effective means for easing pain.

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