Washing your hands frequently in warm soapy water does more than prevent spreading germs, it can help relieve arthritis. Soaking hands in a sink full of warm water (dishes optional) can relieve sore achy fingers. Other natural remedies include topical gels and lotions, eating vitamin C-rich citrus fruits, drinking anti-oxidant-rich green tea, exercising, losing weight to reduce joint stress, and adding supplements such as turmeric to your diet to rid inflammation.
The Arthritis Foundation (AF) explains that arthritis is not one disease, but a way to refer to joint pain and disease. “There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability in America. More than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis.”
Common arthritis symptoms include pain and swelling in the joints (such as knees), stiffness, and a decreased range of motion. Symptoms can be intermittent, and may progress over time. There’s no cure for arthritis, but many ways to relieve the pain naturally of this manageable disease.
When pain flares up, the AF recommends balancing activity with rest. Using hot and cold therapies can be helpful: alternate ice packs with heat from a heating pad or hot bath. Massage, aromatherapy, yoga, physical therapy, and acupuncture may be helpful.
The AF explains that topical gels, many made with natural ingredients such as arnica, stimulate the skin’s sensory nerve endings; the body responds by reducing pain signals through the nervous system.
Losing excess weight may help, as “losing one pound removes four pounds of pressure on swollen, painful joints. Maintain a healthy weight by combining a balanced diet with regular physical activity,” the AF urges.