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June 12, 2018
How to relieve rheumatoid arthritis pain
With summer finally warming our bones after a long, hard winter, most people are ready to get out and about. However, if you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, the heat isn’t the only thing that’s rising. The changing temperatures often bring an unwelcome increase in pain levels too.
From using splints and braces to doing careful exercise and having specialised massages, there are many things you can do to try and minimise the discomfort and limited mobility your inflamed joints may bring. And finding something that works will give you the chance to enjoy the most pleasant and active months of the year.
Techniques for relieving rheumatoid arthritis pain
> Continue to exercise
Whatever your choice of activity – be it swimming, weights or cycling – staying committed to it will not only improve your mood and boost your energy levels but could also be a great way to keep pain at bay. Just take it slowly, and take stock of how you feel once you’ve warmed down. If you’re left in pain for hours afterwards, you’ve probably overdone it.
If those joints are really inflamed, stop your exercise regime completely to give your body time to recover. Try activities that avoid using your affected joints for a while. Take breaks, change positions, and always consult your doctor if in doubt, or if you’re experiencing prolonged or debilitating pain.
> Get regular massages
Find yourself a massage therapist who has experience working on people with rheumatoid arthritis. And make time to book regular appointments. A doctor or physical therapist may be able to recommend someone in your area. Massages are a great way to relax, whilst reducing pain and easing stiffness. They’re also a great way to pre-empt those post-workout flare ups.
> Heat it up
Heating up the tissue around your arthritic joints increases blood flow. This can reduce inflammation, relax muscles and remove toxins that cause soreness and stiffness. A warm bath, a heating pad or a hot wax treatment can all work wonders.
> Cool it down
On the other hand, cooling your joints will lower the blood flow, reduce swelling and dull pain signals. This can be useful when dealing with the after-effects of exercise, and the early stages of a rheumatoid arthritis flare up. Freeze some water in a small cup to use for an ice massage or place a cold wrap around the affected area for half an hour
> Braces and splints
Finding comfortable, lightweight braces or splints to support your affected joints can make a world of difference to your rheumatoid arthritis pain, and prevent further injuries from occurring. It’s important to find the right support for your pain to ensure you’re minimising pressure and gaining stability.
Read our guide to finding the right splint or brace for you.
From thumb splints that compress and support your joints, to lightweight ankle braces that provide stability and protection, we’ve got plenty of products that can assist with rheumatoid arthritis, all made with breathable, comfortable and strong materials that don’t restrict your movement.
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We’d love to see you enjoying an active lifestyle this summer, so feel free to ask our expert’s advice on finding the best relief from rheumatoid arthritis pain. And get in touch with us through Facebook or Twitter for more advice on which of our products might suit you best.
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