It’s important to keep an open mind when looking into alternative therapies to help manage your arthritis. After all, studies have shown that some therapies can offer meaningful relief. Consider these options in your overall approach to managing arthritis symptoms.
Meditation and Relaxation
Meditation and relaxation can help reduce muscle tension and stress related to arthritis. In one study, rheumatoid arthritis patients who meditated 45 minutes a day reduced their stress by one-third.
Tai chi is a slow-moving meditative exercise that originated in China. Many people practice tai chi to ease pain and stiffness, improve balance (which can help prevent falls), and improve overall health and well-being. It involves breathing deeply as you move slowly, gently, and with awareness.
Some nutritional supplements may help arthritis, but information can be confusing. Some supplements may also interfere with other medicines you are taking. Before you try adding a supplement, talk with your healthcare professional.
Massages can help increase blood flow and increase warmth to a stressed area. This may help relieve pain.
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