Many people with arthritis look beyond conventional medicine for relief from pain and inflammation. This section takes a look at complementary and alternative treatments and how they can (or can't) help.
Many people look outside of mainstream medicine in the hope of finding "gentler" or "more natural" treatment options. Many alternative treatments for RA have little evidence to back them up, however, and some so-called "natural" treatments may even be dangerous. Find out more and see which alternative and complementary RA therapies (if any) might be right for you.
A diagnosis of arthritis can mean a lifetime of medicines, frequent doctor visits, and changes in lifestyle. And that’s in addition to joint pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. The best treatment for people with a chronic condition involves not just the body but also the mind and the spirit. This article will introduce you to some powerful mind–body techniques that can help you cope with the pain, physical limitations, and sometimes unsettling emotions you may face.
Getting some giggles in can brighten your day, but the benefits don’t stop there. Researchers have started looking into the physiological effects of laughter, and the punch line is that those chuckles may improve your health and decrease your inflammation.
Many people think of massage as a luxury, but done correctly, massage can help people with arthritis reduce pain and stiffness and improve their general well-being. Perhaps you haven’t tried massage yet because you don’t know what to expect or are not sure that it's is a good idea for your joint pain and inflammation. This article takes a look at these valid concerns and shows how massage can be an important part of effective arthritis management.
Sometimes called "meditation in motion" and "the ultimate low-impact exercise," tai chi can improve balance and increase strength. Studies also suggest that doing tai chi may increase bone density, decrease blood pressure, improve sleep, and make falls less likely. Find out how you can get started and what to look for in a tai chi class.
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