According to the National Library of Medicine, arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet, but did you know that arthritis is more than just achy joints? The Arthritis Foundation states that arthritis is an inflammatory disorder that consists of over 100 different diseases, affecting people of all ages, including children. Just like many other diseases, one might suffer from stiffness, swelling, joint pain and limited movement. This can be associated with arthritis because of the inflammation. I have noticed that there are many different over-the-counter medicines and prescriptions that an individual can purchase. These medications will help alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis, but what do you think they are doing to your stomach lining? I would like to suggest lifestyle changes that anyone can make that will help alleviate the pain and suffering from arthritis.
- Do plenty of exercises such as walking, swimming, bike riding (if you have balance problems consider using a stationary bike), yoga and something that I enjoy doing some form of martial arts.
- Get plenty of rest. If your joints are aching relax. Let them rest.
- Lose weight.
- Do physical therapy. Consult with your doctor regarding this.
- Lower your stress levels. Stress is something that all of us have to deal with, but if you can reduce it, that will help extend your life and reduce the inflammation of your joints.
Even though there are many forms of arthritis and they are long-term and cannot be cured, it does not mean that it cannot be managed.