Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. It is actually a form of joint disorder and can be a very painful condition. Contrary to popular belief, arthritis does not only exist within the much older population.
In fact, almost anyone can experience arthritis. Arthritis can have various causes and can be of different types including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile arthritis among others. Here are a few home remedies for arthritis relief that may help you somehow.
- Apply a hot compress.
You can apply a hot compress by using a towel soaked in hot water. You may also use a heating pad or even an electric blanket. Others suggest using uncooked rice or any raw grain or cereal. Simply place some in any cylindrical cloth or even a sock and microwave for a good five minutes. Then, apply it on the joint that is experiencing pain. You may also take a hot shower. Do not apply a hot compress if your joint is inflamed or in cases of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Apply a cold compress.
A cold compress is very effective for inflamed joints. You can make a cold compress by soaking a washcloth in very cold water. You can also use a cold pack or some ice cubes placed in plastic wrapped with towel.
- Epsom salt baths.
You can mix Epsom salt in a tub of water and soak yourself in it. This can relieve aches in your joints and can also help reduce swelling. If only a certain part of your body is in pain or experiencing arthritis, you can mix a smaller amount of Epsom salts like two tablespoons into a basin of water.
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