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Five Natural Arthritis Pain Relief Techniques

If you’re one of the 50 million North Americans living with nagging arthritis pain, you shouldn’t be discouraged by news reportsabout treatments that are dangerous or don’t work.

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, of the Dr. Oz Show and Dr. Mike Roizen, Chief Medical Officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute,there are plenty of safe, proven treatments that can keep you moving and may eliminate or reduce your dependence on painkillers and postpone the need for a joint replacement. According to both Doctors, arthritis patients should look into these top, research-proven relievers, many of which haven’t gotten the attention they deserve:

Pain-relieving gels and creams.

Over-the-counter ointments containing capsaicin — an extract of red chili peppers — can reduce pain by 40 percent if used daily for at least a month.

Stretching and exercise.

Stretching increases blood flow to the joints. Warm-water aerobics, a stroll around the block or pedaling an exercise bike can improve ease of motion, and build muscles to take pressure off troubled joints. Only 20% of people with arthritis take advantage of this natural and free pain-relief prescription.

A little weight loss.

Every pound you lose takes four pounds of pressure off your aching joints. If you are overweight, losing 10 pounds reduces compression on each knee by a total of 48,000 pounds for every mile you walk. That adds up to a lot of relief.

A colorful diet.

Foods that ease inflammation can help joint-pain relief, so they recommend loading up on a colorful array of vegetables and fruits, such as strawberries, leafy greens, carrots, blueberries and cherries. Choose fatty fish like omega-3 DHA-loaded salmon and trout.  Drizzle salads with olive oil, add some omega-3 rich walnuts, and wash it all down with green tea.  Some foods actually ramp up inflammation.  You should avoid refined grains as well as sunflower and soybean oils to avoid omega-6 fatty acids.

An easy natural remedy that this article overlooked is one that has been recommended by Doctors for years; Heat Therapy.

Heat things up.

According to WebMD, heat therapy helps reduce inflammation and ease the pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis. Heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain. You can use either dry heat — such as heating pads or heat lamps — or moist heat — such as warm baths or heated wash cloths.

An Easy Rest Adjustable Bed with the optional heating accessory may provide temporary relief from mild arthritis and join pain as well as muscle pain associated with stress and tension.  An Easy Rest adjustable bed also provides the added benefit of positional comfort allowing you to find the perfect position to help take pressure off of sore joints helping you maximize the amount of time you spend asleep.