While prescription medications can be helpful in treating arthritis symptoms, there are also natural remedies that might help alleviate the discomfort, pain, and stiffness your senior loved one is feeling. If you provide senior home care in Palm Beach for a family member with arthritis, try these natural remedies.
1. Cold Compresses
Because arthritis joint pain is caused by inflammation, most natural remedies focus on reducing this specific symptom. Cold compresses or ice packs can be applied to painful joints for 15 minutes at a time to help reduce inflammation. Wait at least 30 minutes in between cold treatment intervals.
2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
These inflammation-reducing antioxidants are found in fish (particularly salmon and tuna), avocado, and nuts such as almonds and walnuts. The acids block the production of certain enzymes that cause inflammation. As an added bonus, omega-3s are also great for heart and brain health.
Clinical research on the benefits of massage found that both self-massage and massage performed by a licensed therapist reduced pain and stiffness, and improved overall function and range of motion for those with arthritis.
4. Gentle Exercise
While strenuous movement may be difficult for seniors with arthritis, gentle workouts can help reduce pain and increase mobility. Some of the best options include swimming, water aerobics, stretching, and yoga. Talk with your loved one’s doctor to make sure it’s safe for him or her to exercise.
5. Weight Loss
If your family member is overweight or obese, losing weight safely may help reduce or eliminate arthritis symptoms because there will be less pressure on the joints. A healthy diet that results in a 10 to 20 pound weight loss is often effective.
6. Heat Therapy
Applying moist heat can relieve arthritis pain by relaxing muscles and stimulating circulation in the affected areas. Try a heating pad or a warm, damp towel. You can also encourage your loved one to take a hot bath or shower to relieve symptoms.
If your senior loved one is having a hard time with everyday tasks due to arthritis pain, consider live-in or hourly care in Palm Beach. Caregivers from Home Care Assistance can help with grocery shopping, cooking, light housework, personal grooming, mobility support, and can help your loved one maintain a high quality of life. To learn more, give us a call at 561.429.8292 today. We look forward to helping in anyway we can!