Arthritis causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness and often becomes more severe with age. Though many seniors take prescription medications for arthritis relief, these medications often have serious side effects, which has led some seniors to seek out more natural alternatives. The Kitchener, ON, live-in care experts at Home Care Assistance have put together a list of natural arthritis treatments your elderly loved one can try.
SAM-e is a substance naturally produced by our bodies when we are younger, but our stores can become depleted as we grow older. Concentrated SAM-e supplements have been shown to reduce arthritic pain, combat inflammation, and increase mobility, and tests are also being conducted to see if SAM-e can stimulate cartilage growth. If SAM-e does stimulate cartilage growth, it might reverse some of the damage caused by various forms of arthritis.
Cultures from around the world have been using capsaicin as a natural painkiller for thousands of years. This unique compound is what makes peppers hot, but it is generally not painful when applied directly to the skin. According to a 2010 study published in Phytotherapy Research, people who applied capsaicin gels, patches, and creams to arthritic joints multiple times a day experienced a 50 percent reduction in pain after just 3 weeks.
The Arthritis National Research Foundation recently stated yoga is one of the most effective ways to reduce general pain and inflammation. Seniors who have never performed yoga should find a program designed specifically for people with arthritis. These specialized programs are more focused on flexibility and proper breathing techniques instead of core development and strength training.
4. Fish Oil
Very few supplements have been studied as thoroughly as fish oil extract. This particular supplement breaks apart the compounds that trigger inflammation in the joints. According to a 2010 study conducted by Grand View Research, almost all people with arthritis who took daily fish oil supplements reported increased dexterity and reduced pain. As an added bonus, the fatty acids found in fish oil can also boost cognitive abilities, lower the risk of depression, and potentially combat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Learn more about helping your loved one manage chronic pain by reaching out to KW Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, provide medication reminders and transportation to medical appointments, and help with a wide array of everyday tasks. For more information on the in-home senior care Kitchener, ON, families trust, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (519) 590-2792 to schedule a complimentary consultation.