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5 ways you can alleviate arthritis pain in your hands

These remedies could be the answer.
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Arthritis is quite a common condition, affecting people of all ages and from all walks of life. According to Arthritis Australia, the condition is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in Australia.

One of the most common types of arthritis is that which affects the joints in fingers, thumbs, knuckles and wrists. If you suffer from hand arthritis you might find it difficult to grip things (having trouble opening that jar?), turn things and even tie things.

Natural ways to help arthritis pain

Given you use your hands for just about every activity, arthritis in your hands can be pretty uncomfortable. You might have experienced swollen fingers, joint inflammation, stiffness, and even pain while doing the most menial tasks.

Of course, medications can help improve the condition, but have you considered natural remedies? Here are five treatments for alleviating arthritis pain in your hands.

Honey and cinnamon

Combining honey and cinnamon powder has been found to treat arthritis in the hands and assist in relieving stiff muscles. The excellent healing properties of both honey and cinnamon were first documented in the mid-1990s.

For those suffering arthritis in the hands, it was recommended in a research project conducted by the Copenhagen University that 1 tablespoon of honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder and taken before breakfast relieved the pain of arthritis in around 60 percent of those tested.

Olive oil

Olive oil has been found to benefit those suffering arthritis symptoms by reducing inflammation, reducing pain and protecting the joints. The oil can be used as a massage oil for your hands and fingers. You can add a couple of drops of lavender oil to 2-4 tablespoons of olive oil and massage into the affected area to alleviate the discomfort and inflammation.

You can also use olive oil for cooking, which will reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Apple cider vinegar

It is well-known that apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and alkaline-forming properties that help reduce the pain and stiffness you might feel in your hands from arthritis.

You can drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each day, or you can mix 1/4 of cayenne pepper powder with 1 cup of warm apple cider vinegar and soak your hands for around 15 minutes.

While your hands might be without pain you tend to take them for granted, but when you have arthritis you start to notice just how important your hands are for daily living. It’s important to follow the advice of your health care professional in addition to using any home remedies. Including exercise and physical therapies into your treatment will also assist in giving you better joint movement in your fingers and hands.

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Hot and cold therapy

According to Arthritis Australia, the benefits of heat and cold on joints are yet to be proven, but they are still recommended to relax your muscles and stimulate blood circulation.  For example, you could have a warm bath or place a hot water bottle over the joint for a few minutes. 

Applying an excellent pack can be very soothing for hot and inflamed joints. Speak to your doctor to determine whether hot or cold is best for you.

Exercise

Research has proven that exercise can be very helpful in reducing pain. Arthritis Australia says, “It also keeps your joints moving, strengthens muscles to support your joints, reduces stress, and improves sleep.” 

Always talk to a health professional to determine which exercises are right for you. 

If you are looking for something else to ease some of the pain of minor arthritis, fisiocrem is a highly effective, non-greasy, pleasant-smelling, easy-to-apply muscle pain relief gel. Available from your local pharmacy, Coles, Woolworths and Chemist Warehouse. Always read the label and follow the directions for use.

This article originally appeared on Starts at 60.

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