SOOTHING AND ALLEVIATING ARTHRITIS PAIN (5 STEPS)


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2 HOT AND COLD TREATMENT

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According to the Arthritis Foundation, using hot and cold treatment for pain is one of the least expensive and simple methods out there. Here is a breakdown of what each treatment does:

-Hot Treatment-

-What it does:

  • promotes blood flow
  • helps tight and sore muscles relax
  • improves circulation and lactic acid breakup
  • usually most effective in treating chronic pain

-What you can do:

  • take a hot bath or shower
  • apply a heated pad
  • use natural medications or rubs containing capsicum
  • try heated paraffin wax treatment which helps do the things listed above

-Cold Treatment-

-What it does:

  • reduced blood flow which slows inflammation
  • helps numb nerve endings which reduces pain
  • reduces swelling and tissue damage

-What you can do:

  • wrap or apply an ice pack to the painful area for 20 minutes
  • submerge your joint in an ice bath using a bucket or cup
  • massage area with an ice cube in a circular motion for 5 minutes

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