Plant Oils For Your Arthritis Hands
If you're suffering from arthritis hands, you are not alone. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the US, with about twenty seven million suffering from osteoarthritis, affecting joints such as the knees, ankles, feet and hands, commonly called arthritis hands.
When the cartilage that covers, and cushions the ends of the bones degenerates, bone spurs may develop on the edges of the joints. When this happens, the bones begin to rub together and the structures around the joints, ligaments, and muscles become strained, inflamed and painful.
Any joint in the body can be affected with arthritis, but it is more prominent when it affects the hands and fingers.
If you are scared of losing your grip and not being able to function properly with your hands because of arthritis, read on and discover that you don’t necessary have to be among the statistics.
Signs And Symptoms Of Arthritis Of The Hands
Common symptoms are swelling, stiffness, knobby hands, bony nodules. This may also be accompanied by an aching pain at the base of the thumb.
There might be swelling and a noticeable bump at the base of the thumb as well, causing difficulty with your grip and pinch strength.
You might have difficulty in using your hands for simple tasks such as cooking, cleaning, unlocking your door with keys, turning the ignition of your car or screw opening of jars.
Safe And Natural Arthritis Relief
Studies show that as many as 50% of arthritis sufferers fail to get relief from aspirin or even prescription medications. Fortunately, there are proven all natural alternatives for reducing pain and stiffness. The following remedies can be used to fix your arthritis hands.
Reduce Swelling With Ginger: The active agents in ginger, gingerol and paradol work much like aspirin and similar drugs to put brakes on inflammation. The University of Miami researchers found that taking ginger extract twice a day controlled arthritis hands pain in 63% of patients. Recommended dosage is 255 mg. of ginger extract twice daily.
Stop Stiffness With Avocado And Soy: Studies have confirmed that supplements made from avocado and soybean oils (ASU or Avocado-Soybean-Unsaponifiable) can ease the pain and stiffness of arthritis hands pain, and reduce the need for aspirin or ibuprofen. ASU, which is actually a prescription drug in seven European countries, cuts off the inflammatory process that creates joint pain. Recommended dosage is 300 mg. daily.
Hand Therapy: Get a hand therapy session provided by a physical therapist. The therapist can use a goniometer to assess the range of motion in your hands prior to therapy, and then make sure the therapy is working by using the goniometer in subsequent therapies. Hand ttherapy helps maintain motion and prevent stiffening of the joints.
Oil Your Hands With Fish Oil: Get relief without side effects from fish oil. In a study from University of Pittsburg, 59% of patients with arthritis were so satisfied with the relief they got from omega-3 capsules, they stopped taking all other pain medication within two to four weeks. Recommended dosage is 1,700 – 2,500 mg. daily of an EPA/DHA fish oil combo.
Using hand splints for arthritis can decrease pain levels, provide support to improve function of weak joints and realign joints.
It also helps to relax and give rest to the hand joints. Splint should be worn for limited periods of time to provide relief without allowing the joint to stiffen.
With consistent use, hand splints can provide relief from pain and stop further deformities from arthritis.
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