There are over 100 different kinds of arthritis and related conditions in the world today. Here in Ireland, we know that over 915,000 people are living with arthritis which makes it the single biggest cause of disability.
There are a number of services and supports available for those living with arthritis but for those looking for a little more relief at home what are the options? We’re going to dive a little deeper into the 3 most common types of arthritis today and some home remedies for them.
This would be seen as the most common form of arthritis. It develops more often in those aged 50+, generally from day-to-day wear and tear.
Osteoarthritis affects your cartilage, which is a tough but flexible tissue that is found between the bones in your body. Think of it like the shock absorbers of the body.
This form of arthritis causes your cartilage to become stiff and lose some of its elasticity. In some cases, the cartilage can be worn away and this can cause a lot of pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
At-Home Remedies for Osteoarthritis
- Hot & Cold Compresses
Kicking off with the basics. You can never go wrong with a hot and cold compress. Here’s an easy way to know what temperature to use:
Joint Stiffness = Hot Compress
Joint Pain = Cold Compress
Compresses can help you to reduce muscle pain/spasms surrounding your joint. You can purchase gel packs or use something as simple as a hot water bottle or a cool towel.
- Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are more than a satisfying aroma of scents and sounds. They provide full-body relief, especially joint pain.
There is magnesium in Epsom salts which can help with inflammation and pain.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can develop in those as young as 30. It is nothing like osteoarthritis. RA is what’s known as an autoimmune disorder. This is where your own immune system attacks the body’s tissue by mistake.
This affects the lining of your joints which causes painful swelling and eventually leads to bone erosion and joint deformity.
At-Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Exercise is good for everyone; we should all try to get in at least 3o minutes of exercise a day. For Rheumatoid Arthritis, it is a great way to strengthen muscles and increase the range of motion for your joints.
Studies have found that exercise for those with RA has been known to help with fatigue and to improve your quality of sleep.
- Hot & Cold
When inflammation or swelling strikes, applying an ice pack will help. It can numb the pain and relax the muscle.
However, when you are experiencing tight, aching muscles, a warm bath/shower can help you soothe the muscles and relieve pain.
This is a form of arthritis that affects some people who have psoriasis. It is important to note that having psoriasis does not necessarily mean that you will get psoriatic arthritis and vice versa. Around 1 in 3 people who have psoriasis also have psoriatic arthritis.
It is similar to rheumatoid arthritis in that your own body’s immune system, starts to attack your healthy cells and tissue. Your body then responds abnormally, and this causes inflammation in your joints as well as the overproduction of skin cells.
At-Home Remedies for Psoriatic Arthritis
- Healthy Diet
Your weight and diet can greatly impact your psoriatic arthritis symptoms. Maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the level of stress on your joints and taking Vitamin D supplements will help too.
Low-impact exercise such as walking, cycling or yoga can help you loosen up stiff joints, reduce inflammation and pain.
There are a number of beginner videos for Yoga on YouTube these days, picking one you’re comfortable with and giving it a go is a great start.
Arthritis & Assistive Devices
There are many assistive devices on the market for those living with arthritis. What you will need really does depend on the affected joints you need help with. Whether it’s gipping/grabbing aids like our Grip Mat, braces, or the easy pour Uccello Kettle. There are many options out there to choose from to help make life easier at home.
For other arthritis living aid, feel free to review the Arthritis Ireland Shop.
NOTE: Home remedies are not meant to replace your current treatment plan. They may provide relief as part of your treatment plan. It is recommended you discuss home remedies and lifestyle changes with your doctor before trying them