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For those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis pain, there are alternative therapies to treatment with drugs when dealing with the pain, inflammation and stiffness associated with this condition. Alternative therapies and home remedies are generally safer with less risk of side effects when compared to prescription medications.
Although exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you are feeling the pain and stiffness from arthritis, exercise can be especially helpful at reducing those symptoms while increasing range of motion in the joints. Gentle, stretching exercises often work best, such as t'ai chi, or aquatic exercise, where the weight of the body is reduced to make exercising easier and less painful.
Heat and Cold
Heat can relax stiff muscles around joints and help reduce pain. Cold can numb pain and reduce spasms. Alternating hot and cold packs can make a big difference in reducing pain and stiffness in joints. Ask your doctor the best way for you to use hot and cold therapy.
Fish and Plant Oils
Fish oil and certain plant oils such as evening primrose, borage and black currant have been shown to help with the pain and stiffness of rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Mayo Clinic. Side effects include disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract. Check with your doctor first, as these oils may interact with medications.
By reducing stress, you can reduce pain as well. Many techniques that are used to reduce tension and stress in your life can also help you to better deal with pain issues from arthritis.
A counselor who specializes in pain issues can help you to learn how to effectively deal with your pain. These specialists can help you to utilize stress reduction techniques as well.
Topical emu oil has been used in Australia for hundreds of years to reduce symptoms of pain and inflammation associated with many conditions, including arthritis. Emu oil is a key ingredient in Super Blue Stuff OTC. The ingredients have been shown to be safe for topical use with very little risk of irritation or side effects.