Arthritis is when the body’s immune system targets affected joints, which leads to pain and swelling. It’s a leading cause of disability with over 400,000 people being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in the UK alone. Those who live with it understand how truly debilitating a condition it can be, but that doesn’t mean we should be made to feel miserable. Read on to find out our top tips for reducing arthritis pain as the weather gets colder.
Did you know that there are over 100 different types of arthritis? It’s actually an umbrella terms for many conditions that effect the joints. Sudden drops in temperature (and barometric pressure) can cause our joints to swell, so no wonder arthritis sufferers can tend to feel their symptoms more severely in Autumn and Winter. Be sure to wrap up warm with lots of layers, and use hot water bottles when necessary. Investing in products like warming salves, sprays, and balms can also be used to massage into the skin to feel a sense of ease and comfort on problem areas like hands and knees.
You are what you eat
Indulging in a treat every now and then among a healthy diet is all well and good, but eating too many rich foods and high-sugar snacks could be causing arthritis pain flare ups. In reality, bad food choices can also increase the risk for other health issues like osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease too. Speak to your GP to find out which foods are best for your particular condition.
Ditch the fizz
Sweet and fizzy drinks are not only full of empty calories, but studies show that large amounts of refined sugar can cause inflammation in our bodies. To avoid flare-ups try switching to soda water or hot teas instead to keep hydrated throughout the day.
Give yourself a break
Arthritis pain can take its toll on us both mentally and physically. Rather than struggling to do things the way you normally would, consider using gadgets or other assistive devices that ease the stress on your joints. From ergonomic furniture, to Velcro fasteners and buttoning aids, there’s a wide range of products out their designed to take the strain out of everyday tasks. If your knee joints are a big cause of pain, then having aides like a stairlift in your home can be a huge help towards you living a happier, more independent lifestyle.
If you or a loved one are dealing with arthritis symptoms this Winter, the installation of a stairlift could help ease the pressure put on joints when moving around the house. Call the Halton Stairlifts team today on 0800 644 7766 to find out more about our full range of curved and straight stairlifts, or to arrange your free home assessment.