Arthritis and Stress

April 5, 2020

Yoga has been very famous for building rigorous strength and improving physical movement. It involves many series of asanas that lead to each other to finally achieve the perfect movement and flow. Yoga is said to help release tensions in the muscles and ease out the blood flow causing smoothness in the movement. Yoga also helps in getting rid of the built-up air in the joints and ligaments to reduce resistance in the movement which occurs due to friction. Our joints can endure a lot of pressure, and they have been created to naturally be flexible with the power to bear wear-and-tear. With age, people start experiencing pain and increased friction. Movement in such cases becomes challenging, and the wear and tear starts taking a toll on the bones themselves.

There are many ways through which arthritis can be managed; some of them are:

• ICE THERAPY: It is also known as Cryotherapy. This therapy is helpful when dealing with swelling. Swelling is caused by the sudden fast blood flow; cold therapy causes the blood flow to slow down and reduces swelling in the tissues. When there is increased swelling, the ice pack should be applied every hour. Once the swelling subsides the ice pack should be used less frequently.

• HYDROTHERAPY: This therapy helps in releasing the clogged blood vessels. The hot water enables the blood vessels to expand slightly and increase blood flow, which causes proper circulation to occur. Coupling the hot water therapy with a massage helps to ease the pain and relieve the muscles.

• MASSAGE: Massaging with hot olive oil and lavender oil creates a soothing effect. The massage helps in regulating the blood flow in the veins and makes it possible for the muscles to release the buildup tension. A massage with hot oil is one of the oldest tricks to soothe an aching joint.

• HERBAL TEAS: Some of an herbal concoction helps in alleviating the pain and making the movement possible. These teas reduce inflammation and assist the body in getting rid of built up toxins. These herbal teas also help in calming down the mind and reactivating the pain-numbing sensation.

• EXERCISE: Exercising helps in relieving the pain, but it should be done with extreme care and under supervision or suggestion from the doctor. Exercising without proper instruction and without limits can help in soothing and getting rid of the pain, but if it is not done with care it might even result in exaggerated pain and increased swelling. Care should be taken to avoid aggravating the pain and prolonging the ailment. Ensure to wear comfortable, well-fitted exercise or yoga clothing for your safety.

• MEDICATIONS: Painkillers can be taken, but they are not a permanent or reasonable solution. The drugs help in numbing the pain, but they do not do anything to heal the medical condition. It is advised that painkillers should be taken to an absolute limit, and if the pain does not subside, alternative therapy should be opted for. A proper exercise regime coupled with medications can help in reducing the pain and creating a long-lasting impact.

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