Pain from arthritis can be debilitating.
Occupational therapist Theresa C. Kane advises people to
“respect pain.” In fact, Kane explains that pain indicates there is
inflammation that needs to be addressed. The sensation of pain is an
opportunity to listen to one’s body and take care.
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One instinct is to remain still to avoid pain, but Kane says
that the opposite is true: do not remain in the same position for too long. If
sitting, move after 20-30 minutes.
There are treatments and medications available for reducing
this pain so that people can still enjoy their daily lives. Beyond these
traditional approaches are some natural methods that might bring some pain
relief, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
Author Denise Lynn Mann states on arthritis.org, “People who listened to music for one hour a day
for one week – whether they picked the tunes themselves or researchers provided
them – felt more empowered and reported less pain, depression and disability
than those who did not listen to music. Average pain ratings among people who
listened to music fell by about 20 percent, whereas pain among nonlisteners
Laughter yoga is
another possibility since laughter can release endorphins, which have the
potential to decrease physical pain. Find a laughter club or laughter yoga near
you: log on to www.worldlaughtertour.com or www.laughteryoga.org.
Remember that changes
in the weather can have an affect on pain and it can affect individuals
differently: some people may be more sensitive to an increase in heat, whereas
others experience discomfort in their joints in the cold.
There is no cure for
chronic arthritis and most people with this condition can lead full and active
lives when they manage the disease through proper medications, eating a healthy
diet, and getting regular exercise.