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Managing arthritis in for your loved ones with natural remedies
The first thing to remember, the debilitating condition is known as Arthritis strikes any individual at any age. It is true, however, that older adults are at a higher risk of falling prey to arthritis. Another key point, according to the statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects about one-third of adults aged 65 years and above. Also, this makes a leading cause of disability among the elderly population. In this case, arthritis refers to various conditions affecting the joint bones. In this condition, the joint cartilage wears off, causing the bones to rub against each other. As a result, inflammation accompanied by stiffness and decreased mobility of the joints occurs. Dealing with this day out and being careful not to irritate the condition any further can cause strain on you, as the caregiver. Here are some great books to help you now.
Statistics of arthritis
Arthritis affects more than 3.8% of people while rheumatoid arthritis affects about 0.24% of people. Gout affects about 1–2% of the western population at some point in their lives. In Australia, about 15% of people are affected, while in the United States more than 20% have a type of arthritis. Overall the disease becomes more common with age. Arthritis is a common reason that people miss work and can result in a decreased quality of life. The term is derived from arthr- (meaning joint) and -itis (meaning inflammation).
In this case, the following symptoms present themselves in those suffering from Arthritis. For a better understanding of the condition, learn to recognize the following symptoms:
- Dull pain in the joints
- The joints become stiff and lose mobility
- Difficulty in performing simple tasks such as brushing teeth, climbing stairs, and walking
Important to realize, over the counter medications can help relieve discomfort; however, many of these pills cause adverse side effects. Also, caregivers can also choose various natural remedies to help the elderly overcome the problems of arthritis.
Try a tea consisting of ginger and turmeric as a natural treatment for arthritis. Boil half a teaspoon each of turmeric and ginger powder 2 cups of water for 10-15 minutes. Add honey (optional) for sweetness and drink it while still warm. Turmeric contains active ingredient curcumin, which is known to lower the levels of those enzymes responsible for causing inflammation.
Magnesium deficiency can give rise to an array of problems, making matters worse for the elderly. A balanced diet along with Magnesium supplements provide additional support. Also, applying magnesium oil on the affected area also helps reduce the pain and inflammation.
Boswellia is an excellent supplement that contains pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. This supplement works by disabling the WBC responsible for causing inflammation and shrinking inflamed tissues back to their normal size. The Boswellia supplements are available in pharmacy stores and should be taken regularly.
Nonvegetarians get enough fish oil if fish is an important part of their diet. However, those who do not get fish regularly, fish oil supplements work best. Research has shown that fish oils can help reduce stiffness and inflammation due to arthritis.
Turmeric, the yellow spice common in Indian dishes, contains a chemical called curcumin. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Research suggests it may help reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.
Exercise enables the elderly to remain mobile when arthritis causes the joints to stiffen and restricts mobility. Also, by exercising regularly the joints gradually resume mobility, thereby limiting the impact of arthritis.
Soak the affected area in warm water containing Epsom salt to help reduce pain and inflammation. Add ½ tsp of Epsom salt in warm water and soak the affected area for at least 15 – 20 minutes. As a result, if soaking is not possible, then bathe the desired area with warm water containing Epsom salt as an alternative. This is the one my father swore by.
Massage the affected areas gently with either olive oil or a blend of peppermint and eucalyptus oil to significantly reduce pain and discomfort. It is best to use extra virgin oil when massaging. It contains active compounds such as oleocanthal which significantly inhibits the inflammatory processes which can provide relief from pain and inflammation. Peppermint and eucalyptus oil (5 – 10 drops each) along with a carrier oil like grapeseed or almond oil can also be blended and massaged gently on the affected areas. The cooling sensation of peppermint and the analgesic properties contained in both the oils provide relief from pain. Store oil blend in a dark bottle for regular use.
Adequate rest and sleep:
It is equally important that the elderly rest well and get an average of 8 hours of sleep a night. If one is unable to sleep properly during the night, then daytime naps can also help.
Follow a healthy diet
A diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods can help boost your immune system and your overall health. There’s some evidence that dietary choices can affect people with both RA and OA.
Under these circumstances, all these natural remedies help support your loved ones who are affected by arthritis. Also, pay extra attention during the periods of flare-ups. In such conditions, the pain, inflammation, and stiffness get worse. Finally, provide tender loving care along with the appropriate treatment and timely medications. This should help your loved ones pull through their difficult journey. For more information, check out this site. Also, check out this post on gout.
It can be difficult to attend to your loved one with arthritis, but it’s not impossible. With the right knowledge, you can do this. Don’t forget about taking care of yourself and keeping your business going while you are caregiving. I’m here to assist you on this journey, schedule your planning session with me so we can look at how to keep your life and your business running smoothly.