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Alternative treatments for arthritis

Published On: Aug 23 2012 01:59:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Feb 16 2011 03:02:56 AM CST
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By Donna Mccay

Do you suffer from arthritis? Check out these 14 alternative therapies:

1. Physical therapist doing massage, range of motion exercise, wax dips, hot/cold packs, ultrasound, traction, and electrical stimulation. A Physical Therapist gives the best therapy for each individual because we are different in size, age, mobility. You come two to three times weekly and then once a week as you progress.

2. Chiropractors make certain manipulations to help your pain go away by using heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, massage and exercise. They know the muscular skeletal systems of the body and really believe in proper nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplements, along with balanced exercise.

3. Acupuncturists are trained in placement of acupuncture needles for pain relief.

4. Occupational therapists demonstrate how to perform tasks easily at home to protect the joints from injury.

5. Nutritionists and dietitians recommend certain foods and vitamin therapy. Mackerel and salmon contain omega 3 fatty acids which helps decrease inflammation and Vitamin C, A, D work great. You can make an appointment with a nutritionist for a couple of hours and ask her all your questions.

6. Do water aerobics in deep water so you are not jumping on your joints.

7. Herbal therapy

8. Weight reduction takes stress and pressure off your joints.

9. Yoga teaches movement with proper joint alignment bringing deformed joints back to normal as certain muscles are lengthened and strengthened.

8. Flotation tanks -- float your pain away in 93.5 degree water temperature for an hour relaxing muscles to release endorphins which are natural body pain killers.

9. Copper therapy -- wearing a copper bracelet relieves arthritis pain especially for those who have difficulty in metabolizing copper.

10. Pain management therapy teaches how to reduce stress, relax, and keep busy to keep your mind from thinking about your pain.

11. Massage therapy -- eucalyptus ointment (thick oil based product called eucalypta mint) and heat work great. Other arthritic ointments are massaged at night to help relieve stiffness.

12. Ice therapy -- to prevent pain when a joint has been stressed from overwork and overuse. Apply a gel pack for 15-20 minutes on then remove for 10-15 minutes. This can be repeated for hours.

13. Heat therapy -- used when joints are hot, swollen and tender to reduce pain.

14. Exercise therapy -- walking, biking and swimming help mobility and reduce pain.

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