Arthritis is rheumatic inflammation affecting particularly your joints, muscles and tissues around them. Affected persons find it very difficult to move their body parts and limbs, since the pain curtails movements drastically. There are more than 200 types of Arthritis, the Researchers have found, and it usually affects persons over 65 years, although Arthritis can attack any person at any age.
The direct meaning of the word Arthritis is inflammation in the joints. Human body has joints in legs, hands and back, where Arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and friction to move the muscles. The tissues connecting the muscles become stiff and painful, even for carrying out one’s daily activities normally.
There are many forms of Arthritis plaguing people. Yet the commonly found ones are Osteo Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. In the first one the cartilage between the bones wears down (due to aging or other reasons) and it leads to bones grating with bone. Rheumatoid Arthritis is sort of auto-immune disorder, whereby the inflammation of the soft tissue (synovial membrane) leads to bone loss.
In both the cases, when there is friction between the bones without flexibility and lubrication, automatically movements of these joints cause pain and swelling. There are also other types of Arthritis such as Gout – a complex form of Arthritis, which can attack people with severe pain suddenly; and Fibromyalgia Arthritis (although it is similar to Arthritis) which will be longer-lasting and causing pain (not in the joints) as well as tiredness in everyday activities.
The causes vary according to the types of Arthritis. Most of the types of Arthritis are caused by a combination of one or more factors, such as genetic makeup; hereditary; abnormal metabolism; overweight and obese; infections; dysfunction of immune system and injury or trauma affecting joints etc.
According to the different types, the symptoms and signs of Arthritis will vary from person to person. However, the following symptoms will be experienced, when Arthritis gets developed inside the body over a period: pain in the heels; ankle; knees; lower back or back; shoulder joints; hands; fingers; wrist and neck; intermittent sharp pain; swelling, tenderness or stiffness in the joints; decreased range of motion clubbed with muscle weakness; neck-stiffness or acute episodes etc.
Arthritis is a disorder mostly growing over a period inside your body. So you need to take care that you live a physical activity-filled daily routine, to avoid “sticking to the couch”. Yes it would be difficult to move your joints at the time of pain. But eventually you have to overcome the problem, lest it will aggravate further. You can try brisk walk in the morning everyday at least for 15 minutes, and increase the timings further slowly.
The stiffness in the joint can be tackled by specific and concentrated physical exercises, and stretches aimed at relaxing the joints and muscles around them.
Massaging the body parts where you find difficulty in moving with certain herbal oils can be of great relief. Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil blend has excellent pain-relieving properties, and can give you a soothing sensation if applied over the surface of the affected body-parts.
Cayenne Pepper contains Substance P (Capsaicin) and this ointment is available in most of the drug stores (or you can prepare it at home using Cayenne). This has been found an excellent topical treatment for Arthritis. Extra Virgin Olive Oil is recommended for outside application, over the pain areas to bring forth soothing relief. Along with it, you can also consume 2 to 3 tablespoons daily. Soaking the affected part in hot-water mixed with Epsom salt or taking a bath will be ideal to derive magnesium sulfate to get pain-relief.
Besides outside application, there are natural herbal substances to be included in your daily diet, for overcoming the problems and pains caused by Arthritis. They are – Turmeric and Ginger tea containing curcumin, a powerful antioxidant and can fight inflammation; Dandelion Leaves can be used to prepare a salad or tea, to derive linoleic acid for treating rheumatic arthritis; Blackstrap Mollasses Drink contains magnesium, potassium and calcium for relieving arthritis joint pain; White Willow Tea is popular as original Aspirin in combating Arthritis effectively; Juniper Berry Tea if taken daily will greatly reduce uncomfortable inflammation.
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