Jan 16, 2017 by Matt Clinnard
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in America. Millions of seniors are troubled by this disease which attacks joints in almost any part of the body. Some forms of arthritis cause pain, swelling, warmth and redness in joints. Other types cause less troublesome symptoms, but slowly damage joints. If your loved one suffers from arthritis, our respite care providers in Longview, TX, could help your loved one treat the symptoms and ease their pain.
First of all, if your parent is a few pounds overweight they should try to lose them. This way, they will take the pressure off their knees. The best way to lose weight is to exercise. Your loved one could try gentle weight training and aerobic exercises. They will strengthen the muscles around the affected joint, providing it with greater support and helping it stay healthy. Our respite care providers also recommend water-based exercises which will improve your parent’s mobility.
Your loved senior might benefit from acupuncture. Many studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful for people with osteoarthritis. If your loved one suffers from this illness, they should use shoe inserts, canes, splints or braces. These devices could help redistribute their weight and ease the pressure from arthritic joint.
Regular massage of muscles and joints can lead to a significant reduction in pain for seniors with arthritis. Our caregiver could take your loved one to a spa for a massage, or your parent can self-massage at home. Going for a massage once a week can lead to improvement in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints. It is important that your loved one consults their rheumatologist or primary care physician first to ensure that massage is safe for them.
Your loved senior could try ice or heat therapies to ease the pain. For some seniors, icing may help, and for others, relief is achieved with moist heat. Respite care providers also recommend eating anti-inflammatory foods. Some foods can reduce inflammation which is the cause of much of the pain associated with osteoarthritis. You parent should include plenty of vegetables, whole grains, fish, and healthy fats in their diet.
Your loved one deserves some pampering, so why don’t you take them to a spa center for a day? It can be relaxing as well as useful for them. Hydrotherapy, which involves soaking in very warm water or water containing minerals, can help relieve joint pain. Sulfur-rich mud baths are also a known natural remedy for arthritis symptoms.
An old traditional home remedy for arthritis includes eucalyptus oil. Our respite care provider could apply a very thin layer of warmed eucalyptus oil over the painful joint. Your loved one should cover the joint with a plastic wrap and apply heat to it with the help of steaming towels. This can be a relaxing pain relief routine before bedtime.
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