To reduce arthritis pain, Healthline revealed that the following regular activities are good for older adults.
Maintain a healthy weight: Excess weight puts additional stress on joints, worsening arthritis pain. Older adults should aim for a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise, which can help alleviate pressure on the joints and improve mobility.
Apply heat or cold therapy: Applying heat or cold packs to affected joints can provide temporary pain relief. Heat therapy, such as warm towels or heating pads, can relax muscles and increase blood circulation. Cold therapy, like ice packs or cold compresses, can help reduce inflammation and numb the area.
Use assistive devices: Utilizing assistive devices like canes, walkers, or braces can help relieve joint stress and provide support during daily activities. These devices can improve balance, reduce pain, and increase independence.
Practice stress management techniques: Stress can exacerbate arthritis pain. Older adults should consider incorporating stress management techniques like deep breathing exercises, meditation, or engaging in hobbies they enjoy to help reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being.
Get enough rest and sleep: Adequate rest and quality sleep are essential for managing arthritis pain. Older adults should ensure they have a comfortable sleeping environment and establish a regular sleep routine to promote restful sleep.
Remember, it's crucial for older adults with arthritis to work closely with healthcare professionals, such as doctors and physical therapists, to develop an individualized management plan that suits their specific needs and medical conditions.
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