Yes, maturity may bring wisdom, but there are several reasons why growing older is a real pain. Things like the greater propensity to encounter arthritis and joint pain can head the list. And arthritis isn’t limited to mature individuals. In fact, about 60 million Americans suffer from it, which includes about seven percent of people 18 to 44 years old and almost 30 percent of those 45 to 64 years old. Not surprisingly, however, about 50 percent of those above this age are hit with the problem. There are ways to manage arthritis and joint pain, including prescriptions and in some cases of joint issues, more invasive procedures. WellWell has identified a number of pain-easing solutions aside from these that can help. Read on.
A simple and direct approach is to shed pounds, which will lessen pressure on various joints, including knees, hips, and feet. Losing weight may not only reduce pain, but it can also increase a person’s mobility and help prevent future damage to joints.
Many people swear by acupuncture for all sorts of relief, including joint pain and arthritis. The painless procure involves inserting thin needles through the skin at specific acupoints on the body. The process is believed to stimulate nerves and muscles, improve blood flow and work as a natural painkiller.
Social connections apparently matter in helping people either reduce discomfort or deal more effectively with pain on a daily basis. The reasons may not be clear, but they could involve social connections creating distractions for people with chronic pain. This means joining a book club, doing some volunteer work or participating in a local support group could help.
Getting in the pool is a great way to enhance flexibility and strength without encountering high-impact activities, according to Dr. Mark Karadsheh. One study, in fact, found that aquatic exercises reduced pain and helped people suffering from osteoarthritis.
A rub is always good. It not only reduces stress, but it can also help relieve joint pain. Research has found that adults receiving a moderate-pressure massage experienced less pain; had an improved range of motion in their shoulders, elbows and wrists; and improved their grip strength.
Building muscle strength is another simple way to relieve joint pain and arthritis. The reason is that stronger muscles can lessen pressure on joints, easing pain. Obviously, deciding on the right amount of weights to work with is critical, but they shouldn’t be avoided. Working out with weights is also a good way for mature adults to improve their aerobic conditioning.
Making sure the body is dehydrated is crucial to keeping pain at bay. A body low on hydration may start shifting fluids from certain joint areas, including cartilage, to feed other parts of the body. This lessens lubrication in joints, which can increase pain.
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