Try these 9 simple remedies to ease your pain.
Here is a quick list of some popular non-drug therapies for arthritis pain relief. They may be used alone, or in conjunction with each other.
- Hot and cold treatments. Usually applied directly to the pain site; heat may be more useful for chronic pain, and cold packs provide relief from acute pain.
- Positive attitude and thoughts. Consciously switching to positive thoughts can distract your brain from feeling pain.
- Exercise. Keeping your joints and muscles moving helps improve your general fitness level and can decrease pain.
- Relaxation techniques. You can train your muscles to relax and your thoughts to slow down by using these techniques, which include deep breathing, guided imagery and visualization, among others.
- Massage. Done properly, the method can relax your muscles, help you let go of tension and provide some arthritis pain relief.
- Electrical stimulation. Also called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), the therapy is delivered through a small device that sends a painless electrical current to large nerve fibers, generating heat that relieves stiffness and pain as well as releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain killers. Consult your health-care provider about this therapy.
- Topical lotions. These are applied directly to the skin over the painful muscle or joint. They may contain salicylates or capsaicin, which decrease sensitivity to pain.
- Acupuncture. Considered a complementary or nontraditional therapy, acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine needles into the body along special points called “meridians” to relieve pain.
- Sense of humor. Many studies have demonstrated that humor can bolster the immune system and increase the ability to handle pain.