Arthritis is a debilitating condition which can affect anyone. Its symptoms can have a profound impact on your day to day life causing both physical pain and mental stress.
Although there is no cure for arthritis, there are many ways to relieve the symptoms of joint pain. These include medication, diet and exercise. However, many people who suffer from arthritis have spoken of the benefits of something as simple as a warm bath to ease pain and reduce inflammation.
Managing arthritis pain
If you have arthritis it’s important to find out all you can about the condition so you can treat it as well as possible. Obviously your doctor is a vital resource to find ways to help manage your pain, and because all types of pain can affect your mood, it’s important to include your friends and family in getting the right pain relief.
Here are a couple of traditional ways of managing arthritis pain.
Medication. Painkillers and creams are available for discomfort and swelling associated with arthritis. Your doctor will be able to advise on what is most suitable, and you could also speak to the pharmacist about over-the-counter options.
Exercise. Regular, gentle stretches to keep your joints moving are a good way to keep the blood circulating to your joints. This increases oxygen and delivers nutrients to the sore areas. Work with a therapist who can plan a programme especially for you.
Lifestyle. A good, balanced diet and weight loss can reduce a number of symptoms. It’s really important to get professional advice from your medical practitioner especially if you have multiple conditions.
Relaxation therapy. It’s no surprise that any long-lasting or chronic pain will cause negative moods or even depression. It’s important to look after your mental health as much as your physical health so explore relaxation therapies or activities such as mindfulness and yoga.
Warm bath as pain relief from arthritis
The Arthritis Foundation talks about:
‘Soaking in warm water as one of the oldest, cheapest, and safest forms of complementary therapy’.
Warm water therapy works by expanding your blood vessels to allow more blood and oxygen to flow to the painful area. This increased circulation helps to relax your muscles and sore areas. A relaxing soak in a warm bath is great for pain management for all sorts of conditions.
Arthritis Foundation tips for pain relief from arthritis
Soak in the bathtub
- Relax in a warm tub. Unwind your mind and loosen any joints that may have stiffened up from your daily activities with a nightly dip.
- Treat yourself to some bath salts. Bathing in magnesium sulfate crystals (Epsom salts) may boost your magnesium levels – a mineral that is important for bone and heart health.
How can Nationwide Mobility help with arthritis pain?
Our walk-in baths at Nationwide Mobility are perfect for people with arthritis. The low access threshold in many of our products offer easy access for those with mobility issues whether through arthritis or other conditions. All of our baths are available with an optional power seat to lift you up and down with ease. The power seat can lift up to 20 stone and make taking a bath for pain relief safe and comfortable.
If you’d like to find out more about our walk-in baths and bath lifts, please call us for a no obligation, friendly chat on free phone: 0800 316 0116.