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Seven Methods to Reduce Arthritis Pain

Mar 26, 2008
With the many drugs used today to treat arthritis pain the numerous alternative treatments can be overlooked. Despite this, arthritis sufferers can gain good benefits from alternative and natural approaches, especially when they are combined with more traditional medical treatments.

The main advantage of alternative approaches to natural arthritis pain relief is that there is usually no side-effects and are not addictive. Furthermore, they are typically inexpensive and easy to access.

Natural Approaches to Reduce Arthritis Pain

Below you will find some natural alternatives to treat arthritis pain.

* Many people find that wearing magnets close to their bodies can relieve the pain of arthritis. Magnets can be fashioned as bracelets or necklaces and even as mattress underlays.

* Aromatherapy can improve mood and uses essential oils which are massaged into the joints into the body or inhaled as steam.

* Anti-inflammatory and pain relieving herbs can be taken to help arthritis pain. They can be taken as capsules or applied to your meals during the day.

* A relatively unknown natural treatment is emu oil which has extremely strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Recent studies have demonstrated that it is very effective in reducing arthritis pain and inflammation.

* Exercise has been shown to help relieve arthritis pain by increasing flexibility, the range of movement in the joints and strength of muscles. Be sure to undertake exercise which is gentle on your joints.

* Body work, such as that advocated by the Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais, can tech your body to move without pain. Many arthritis sufferers find these techniques very effective.

* A natural supplement that has been receiving a great deal of attention lately is glucosamine. Research as shown that it can repair damaged cartilage and help lubricate the joints affected by arthritis.

Make Sure You Do Your Research

Before undergoing any alternative approach, make sure you speak to your doctor first. Sometimes - but rarely - natural supplements can interact with your medications. Make sure you also throughly research your preferred natural approach to ensure that you are using the best quality product or expert available.
About the Author
Linda Powell operates a natural arthritis pain relief website where you can find further articles on arthritis treatments and relief from pain.
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