It is said that by the year 2030, 65% of Americans over the age of 18 will be diagnosed with some sort of arthritis. Early diagnosis and management can improve well being and reduce pain and feelings of frustration that may come with chronic discomfort.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises for early diagnosis and systematic education about the different types of arthritis and their management. Learning about the symptoms helps guide patients in the lifestyle choices that can prevent these symptoms or bring relief.
The most important is to remain active, a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended to avoid further incapacitation. The Arthritis Foundation provides an exercise program that one can follow at home, joining a gym might be a preferred option for some.
Losing weight is helpful in the reduction of inflammation that occurs in some form of arthritis; a healthy diet, good habits and moderation are keys to better health. Finding a hobby and focusing on a good mental attitude can provide distraction from unhealthy foods.
Prevention is of course a better way to avoid injury and more debilitation, ask a fitness expert for guidance and monitoring, being gentle on articulations. Last but not least, using essential oils before and after a work out will bring relief and decrease the stress that is often associated with chronic pain. Apply peppermint and black pepper for a pre-work out warm up and massage with Wintergreen when finished, while diffusing marjoram, bergamot, tangerine or your favorite oils to relax of give you energy.
Enjoy the Therapy!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Retrieved from http//www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/key.htm