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You Said It: 5-Minute Relaxation

You Said It: 5-Minute Relaxation

We asked our readers and followers “What’s your favorite 5-minute tip for de-stressing/relaxation?” Here are their answers. Acupuncture helps the pain and relaxes me. I also went gluten free and it has helped tremendously, brought my inflammation down and I feel better.” — Maria Tomeo via Facebook I throw, on the pottery wheel. I am a potter and it actually makes my hands that are stiff and sore feel better. — Juliann Runco via Facebook Go for a walk. Even when I hurt, a walk will calm and relax me. — Debbie Arnell, Lyman, Wyoming I make myself laugh by watching Jimmy Fallon clips on YouTube. Whether ...more
Arthritis Foods That Are Better Together

Arthritis Foods That Are Better Together

Looking for an easy, delicious way to improve your heath and arthritis? It’s all about filling your plate with the right combos. “Many nutrients have a synergistic effect. And what’s terrific is that the foods that contain these nutrients tend to taste great together,” says Joan Salge Blake, a registered dietitian and clinical associate professor at Boston University. Here are five food duos that can supercharge your diet. Green Tea + Lemon = Reduced Inflammation Adding a squeeze of lemon juice to a cup of green tea helps the body take in up to five times more catechins – inflammation-fighting antioxidants abundant in ...more
Children of Mothers With RA at Greater Risk of Certain Health Problems

Children of Mothers With RA at Greater Risk of Certain Health Problems

Children born to mothers with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to have an increased risk of RA and two other chronic health problems, according to a study published online recently in Arthritis Care & Research, although the number of children affected is still small. The findings are based on data for all children born in Denmark over a nearly 25-year period. Lead author Line Jolving, a PhD candidate at the University of Southern Denmark, and colleagues undertook the study because the majority of people with RA are women, including many of child-bearing age. Yet not much is known about the effect on ...more
5 Drug-Free Arthritis Remedies

5 Drug-Free Arthritis Remedies

Finding “home remedies” for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and other forms of arthritis is easy. Finding effective ones is a lot harder. Few have been rigorously studied, and even remedies that perform well in trials don’t work for everyone. Here are five low-risk therapies that science shows may reduce pain and inflammation. Ice Massage Simply rubbing an ice cube or a paper cup of frozen water in small circles over a painful area reduces swelling, slows pain signals and inhibits the production of inflammatory chemicals. The American College of Rheumatology recommends doing it 5 to 10 minutes several times a day. Fish The omega-3 fatty acids ...more
Foot Pain: What You Should Know

Foot Pain: What You Should Know

With 28 bones, 33 joints and the stress of supporting the body, it’s not surprising that a lot can go wrong with your feet. Foot pain can result from many causes, including several forms of arthritis, says Carol Frey, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in Manhattan Beach, California. Here are some possible causes and what to do if you experience them. HEEL/ANKLE Achilles tendinitis: Pain, stiffness and swelling in the Achilles tendon, which runs from the calf to the heel bone, often results from repetitive stress from exercise. It may also be a symptom of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) so a proper diagnosis is ...more
Beat the Chill

Beat the Chill

When the temperature drops, wearing the right clothing when you head out into the elements can ease the ache in your joints. “The best way to beat the chill is by wearing layers,” says Heidi V. Freeman, PhD, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Layering lightweight fabrics can keep you toasty with less bulk. Here’s how. Begin With the Base A wicking layer comes first. Instead of cotton, which holds moisture, opt for long underwear made of silk or a polyester or nylon blend. Add Insulation Your second layer should provide warmth. Wear a fleece or lightweight ...more
Expert Tips for Managing Arthritis on the Job

Expert Tips for Managing Arthritis on the Job

For most of us, a job is more than a paycheck. It’s how we use our skills, interact with others and contribute to society. “When arthritis tests your ability to do your job, your ability to support yourself and your family – and even your feelings of self-worth – can suffer,” says Saralynn Allaire, a research professor at Boston University’s College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences. You can thrive in the workplace, and laws will help protect your rights. Experts identify common workplace challenges and offer advice for overcoming them. Sitting Makes Me Stiff Sitting all day was hard for software analyst ...more
What to Eat and Avoid for Gout

What to Eat and Avoid for Gout

Food choices plays an important role in managing gout, the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in the United States. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in the blood (instead of being excreted) and gets deposited as crystals in one or more joints, triggering sudden swelling and pain. Uric acid is a by-product of the breakdown of purines, naturally occurring compounds in the body and in certain foods, which is why diet can be important for controlling gout attacks. We asked rheumatologist Hyon K. Choi, MD, a gout expert and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, what people with ...more
Nondrug Pain Relief Underused for OA

Nondrug Pain Relief Underused for OA

People with hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA) use oral pain medications more often than nondrug pain treatments, such as physical therapy, knee joint injections and topical creams, according to an analysis of three clinical trials. That’s in spite of guidelines that recommend trying nondrug treatments before medications. The analysis, which appeared recently in Arthritis Care & Research, looked at trials conducted by researchers at Duke University, the Durham Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all in North Carolina. A total of nearly 1,200 patients ages 61 to 65 participated in the three ...more
Strength Training for People With Arthritis

Strength Training for People With Arthritis

“Building muscle supports and protects joints, which can increase mobility and reduce stiffness and soreness,” says Stanley Wainapel, MD, at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Research in The Journal of Rheumatology found that people with knee arthritis experienced 42% less pain and 44% more physical function after four months of strength training. Get started with one of these, watch videos and use Your Exercise Solution to learn about exercise modifications specific to your needs. Weight Machines They’re easier to use than free weights, and their pulley system helps modulate resistance, which can protect against injury, says Ethel Frese, an associate ...more