Thursday, July 17, 2008

How to Manage Arthritis Pain

Arthritis can really limit your ability to get out and stay active. Sometimes it can be a real struggle, but it doesn’t have to rule your life. You can live with this disease without allowing it to rule your life. There are several things you can do to decrease the pain and increase your standard of living.Managing your arthritis begins with keeping a positive attitude. Your mind can be a great tool in fighting physical ailments. Try to stay focused on the positive things in life. Laugh, maintain friendships, and try to keep doing the activities you love.Exercise is another great way to manage arthritis. Exercise can actually reduce the pain in your body. The movement actually acts like lubrication to your joints. Make sure you only exercise within your limits. Do not overdo it. If you feel joint pain or stiffness, cut back or take a break.On the opposite end of the spectrum from exercise, rest plays another important role in dealing with your arthritis. Try to get as much rest as possible throughout the day. While you are resting try flexing your legs and muscles at different intervals.If you have flare ups try to prioritize your activities. You may find it necessary to cut back on some of your daily activities. If you have too much swelling or pain, you may need to suspend all activities for that day.If your symptoms persist, you may want to consult a chiropractor. A chiropractor can make adjustments that can improve joint motion and reduce inflammation. They can do this without the need of harmful drugs or other toxins.
About the Author: Dr. Kevin M. Smith is the founder and clinic director of Advanced Chiropractic, P.C. Dr. Smith did his pre- medical training in Pittsburgh, and received his bachelors degree from Duquesne University. He then went on to do his Chiropractic training at the prestigious Palmer College Chiropractic, and received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree in 2001. He is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (Parts I, II, III, & IV, as well as with Adjunctive Procedures).You can visit Dr. Smith and Advanced Chiropractic, P.C. at for more information on chiropractors and how his services can benefit you.

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