Arthritis can be a real pain in the joints. According to the CDC, over 50 million Americans experience arthritis. But simple changes in your lifestyle can help alleviate arthritic pain and discomfort. Lifestyle changes may include the following:
Patients should consider low-impact exercise to help relieve arthritis pain. A sedentary or immobile lifestyle can make your symptoms worse. Physical activity can help to increase your flexibility and mobility. Talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Your chiropractor may have recommendations on the type, frequency, and duration of recommended activities.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Simple changes to your diet can help alleviate arthritic flare-ups. It helps to eat less saturated fats and get more good fats into your diet, as well as adequate protein and calcium. Monitor your diet for excess sugar and try to remember to eat your fruits and vegetables. Excess weight can place additional stress on your joints so talk to your doctor about staying at a healthy weight for your frame.
Stress can make arthritis pain even worse. Ask your Potomac doctor about ways to manage your stress levels. They may recommend meditation, mindfulness exercise, or other coping techniques. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and relax when you can.
Smoking causes inflammation throughout the body, which aggravates arthritis. Quitting smoking may not only help to immediately reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms, but it will improve your overall health and well-being. If you’re struggling to quit, ask your doctor for ways to quit once and for all.
Some people might be tempted to drink alcohol in order to manage the pain of arthritis. But this can actually have the opposite effect. Alcohol may make you gain weight which will only place more stress on your joints.
For more lifestyle tips and tricks to avoid or alleviate arthritis pain, ask your doctor for recommendations. King Chiropractic in Potomac, MD offers treatment for arthritic pain. Schedule your consultation today by calling 301-926-5200.