On this National Arthritis Awareness Month (May), we bring you a handful of alternative therapies for pain relief
It was a few years ago when Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu openly accepted her tryst with osteoarthritis. Despite dealing with all the pain that came with the medical condition, she chose the path of fitness, setting the trend for fellow patients to overcome their limitations. The effect of arthritis is such that basic movement becomes a bane. Translating into joint inflammation, arthritis has more than 100 types and is prevalent in people of all ages, including children. Though traditionally arthritis is treated with anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers, the new-age methodologies of treatments also include several alternative therapies to fight the pain. Not only medicines but physical activities are also a great way to manage arthritis.
After years and years of application, acupuncture has finally gained importance as a medical treatment for several disorders, arthritis being one of them. In acupuncture, metal needles are inserted into the skin at specific points. These metal needles restore the flow of qi (known as the flow of energy in traditional Chinese medicine) in the body. It is said that illness occurs when the flow of energy in the body is disrupted. Acupuncture may not work the same way on all, but it helps provide some relief from the excruciating joint pains. Acupuncture reduces inflammation in the body, provides relaxation and increases the blood flow.
Also read: Acupuncture for the Body
Another therapy that one can try out is Tai Chi. It is known that arthritis affects the muscular strength, flexibility and fitness of an individual. This ancient Chinese practice involves gentle, fluid movements, which is said to improve balance, reduce stress and offer arthritis pain relief. People may think Tai Chi to be a little daunting, but this fluid martial art is said to enhance the flow of energy in the body. The additional benefits of this alternative therapy include relaxation, vitality, immunity and posture.
Another way to reduce inflammation in the body is to get soothing massages. Those suffering from chronic symptoms can resort to regular massage therapy to counter the pain and stiffness, and to promote sound sleep for a better recovery. One can go for a variety of massages to counter pain from different types of arthritis. Some of the massages include:
Also read: Massage Therapy and its Surprising Benefits
A chiropractic adjustment is another way to manage and relieve pain caused by arthritis. A chiropractor helps in reducing joint restrictions and adjusts the spine and joints. Some of the many benefits of a chiropractor adjustment are as follows:
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