If there’s one thing we know about arthritis, it’s that it isn’t seasonal. But what if you start feeling extra joint pain during certain times of the year? For many people with arthritis, symptoms can be more severe in the colder months. So what can you do to ease some of that discomfort naturally? Let’s take a look!
We know, we know—the last thing you want to do when your joints are achy is moved them even more. But moderate exercise helps reduce stiffness and pain and increases strength and flexibility. Try low-impact activities like yoga or swimming for maximum relief with minimal strain on your joints.
- Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed oil, can help reduce inflammation in your body and soothe arthritic pain. Other anti-inflammatory options include green leafy vegetables (like spinach or kale), dark berries (like blueberries or blackberries), and cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower).
- Get Some Sun Exposure
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and joints—and the most natural source of Vitamin D is sunlight! Spend 10 minutes outside each day whenever possible to soak up those rays—just don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
- Drink Green Tea:
Green tea has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve arthritic pain naturally without harsh medications. Plus, it comes with other health benefits like improved metabolism, better heart health, reduced stress levels… the list goes on!
- Take Hot Baths & Showers
Soaking in hot water not only relaxes tight muscles but relieves joint stiffness as well! Make sure to add some Epsom salts for an extra dose of relief—it will help draw out toxins from your body while reducing inflammation in your joints.
6 . Get A Massage
Massage therapy increases circulation throughout your body and stimulates the production of endorphins which block pain signals from reaching your brain… plus it just feels good! For best results, opt for a deep tissue massage which will help break up adhesions between muscle fibers caused by inflammation or injury due to arthritis symptoms.
- Use Ice Packs & Heat Packs
Alternating heat packs with ice packs help reduce swelling while numbing sore areas of the body—great for when you need quick relief! Simply apply whichever pack is necessary directly over affected areas until the desired temperature is reached then remove it after 15-20 minutes max..
Many people experience increased pain and inflammation during the colder months. But there are a few things you can do to help lessen the symptoms of arthritis. From taking dietary supplements to getting regular exercise, these tips may provide some relief. If you’re struggling with seasonal arthritis, our team of experts At the Center for Arthritis & Osteoporosis, Dr. Humaira Adenwalla can help you develop a plan to feel your best. Request an appointment today and let us know how we can help you manage your pain.