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Did you know that there are more than 100 different types of arthritis?

If yes, then you might also be aware that it also affects children, despite what some people think. What's common about all types of arthritis though is the symptoms, which include pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints.

Now, if you're a newly diagnosed arthritis patient, you may be wondering if there are home remedies that can help ease your symptoms. Here, we'll talk about some natural remedies for arthritis that are worth a try as part of your doctor-approved treatment plan.

Weight Management

One of the best methods for arthritis relief is to maintain a healthy weight. You see, when you're carrying extra weight, it puts more pressure on your joints. This, of course, affects your mobility, increases pain, and further damages your joints.

To make sure you're at your target weight, you can try an anti-inflammatory diet. You can also follow an exercise program incorporating low-impact activities.

Hot and Cold Therapy

Hot and cold treatments can help ease stiffness, reduce swelling, and relieve pain.

For heat treatments, you can use microwaveable hot packs, an electric blanket, or just a warm, damp towel. A hot shower or a warm bath is also recommended.

Make sure though that you don't go too hot. Also, keep in mind that if you have a cardiovascular condition or are pregnant, you should avoid hot tubs and spas altogether.

For cold treatments, remember not to apply ice directly to your skin. Always use an ice pack, and don't go over 15 minutes per treatment. You can apply it again after a 30-minute break.

Alternative Natural Remedies for Arthritis: Acupuncture, Massage, Etc.

Some natural remedies for arthritis require a professional's help. For example, if you want to try acupuncture, you should only go to a licensed and certified acupuncturist.

Likewise, for massage, it's best to go to an experienced therapist, who has worked on other arthritic patients. Your other option is a physical therapist or PT. Bonus: Aside from receiving manual therapy, your PT can also teach you targeted exercises and stretches, which you can do at home.

Herbal Supplements for Arthritis Pain Relief

Taking herbal supplements such as devil's claw, chondroitin, etc. seems like the most convenient option. The problem with herbs and supplements, however, is they're not monitored by the Food and Drug Administration. You have to make sure you only buy them from reputable stores.

Aside from quality checks, you also need to talk to your doctor to check if the supplement you plan on taking is safe. There may be side effects or it may interact with other medications you're currently taking.

A safer option may be topical preparations like CBD oil lotions and creams. To know more about CBD health benefits, you can research online or ask your doctor about them.

Ready to Try Natural Approaches for Arthritis Relief?

Now that you know some natural remedies for arthritis, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor about them. For sure he or she has other patients who are also curious about home remedies and other natural approaches for arthritis relief. Your doctor might even suggest other therapies such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and so on.

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