Ways to improve arthritic symptoms include: improvements to diet, weight loss, exercise, hot and cold therapy and acupuncture, as stated by Healthline. While the use of pain medications also help to ease symptoms, the more natural remedies do not have the negative side effects often associated with long-term medicine regimens.
The pressure of extra weight puts more stress on the joints, particularly the feet, hips and knees. In addition to reducing pain, weight loss improves mobility and prevents excess wear and tear on the joints. A regular exercise routine boosts joint flexibility, reducing pain while helping with weight loss, according to Healthline.
Acupuncture is a Chinese remedy that involves inserting thin needles into certain points of the body. The purpose is to change the direction of energies and bring balance back to the body. Some people believe that acupuncture can reduce pain from arthritis, notes Healthline.
Cold and hot treatments, such as long, warm baths or showers and electric blankets or ice packs, alleviate arthritis pain. Cold treatments are better for quick pain relief, while hot treatments ease joint stiffness, often first thing in the morning. Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids in the diet, as in fish or fish oil supplements, can alleviate stiffness and pain in the joints as well, states Healthline.