Arthritis is a frustrating disease that usually affects older adults. However, it can occur in all ages. The most common place where arthritis appears is the hands. This makes the disease inconvenient as well as embarrassing since it can be easily noticed by other people.
The loss of cushioning and cartilage in the joints causes arthritis. The loss of cushioning and cartilage results in inflammation, stiffness and pain in the joints. The worst thing about this medical condition which makes it frustrating is the inability to perform the simplest tasks like lifting a cup.
Relief of arthritis can be offered by different medications. However, natural remedies are also effective and moreover safer. For instance, Epsom salt baths or applying frankincense essential oil can offer relief. These kinds of natural aids can help you avoid the synthetic medications.
There are also even more effective ways that will give you a relief from the pain caused by arthritis. Different exercises that you can do in the comfort of your home can reduce the stiffness of the joints. These exercises should be done several times a day, can be done anywhere and they will ease and flex the hands’ joints.
Do the following exercises, but be sure that they don’t cause any pain. With time, you will perform them more easily since your flexibility will increase gradually. Do 5 of these exercises in one workout session and mix them to get the most benefits. Perform these exercises with both of your hands, even if only one hand is affected with arthritis.
Hand arthritis exercises
While your elbow is bent, hold 1 hand up.
While keeping your thumb on the outside of your hand, bend the hand in a fist slowly.
Do not squeeze you hand, but do this gently as the squeezing is not needed.
After forming a fist, open the hand and straight your fingers.
Repeat the exercise 10 times with your hand, and then do the same exercise 10 times with the other hand.
Again, while the elbow is bent, hold the hand up straight.
While keeping all the fingers straight, bend the thumb towards the palm until you touch it.
Straighten the thumb back after 10 seconds in this position.
Do this with every finger of your hand and then do the exercise with the fingers on your other hand.
Position your hand and elbow in the same position as the previous exercise.
Try to reach the base of your pinky finger with your thumb.
Leave your thumb in that position for several second and then bend it back slowly.
Repeat the exercise 10 times with both hands.
Hold your hand straight and up. Your hand should face away from you and the fingers must be spread apart.
Curve the fingers slowly like a hook or a claw, until they touch the top of the palm.
Remain in this position for at least 5 seconds.
Bend your elbow and hold your hand straight and up. Rest the side of the hand on a surface. The thumb should point upwards.
Keep the thumb upwards while folding the other fingers inward. You will get the thumbs-up position.
Remain in the thumbs-up pose for 10 seconds.
Do the exercise 10 times with both hands.
Place the hand on a flat surface with fingers spread apart and your palm facing downwards.
Lift only the thumb as much as you can.
Leave the thumb in this position for at least 3 seconds.
Do this exercise with each finger and both hands.
Hold one arm out and straight. The wrist should be loose and the palm should face inwards.
Push the hand towards the body slowly with the other hand.
Push until you stretch the arm and the wrist.
Stretch for 8 seconds.
Do the exercise 10 times with both hands.
Hand arthritis home remedies
1. Ice packs
Ice packs are used against swelling and inflammation. However, they can be also helpful for arthritis in the hands. You can also use ice cubes in a resealable plasic freeze bag or frozen vegetables if you don’t have ice packs. Place the ice packs on your joints. Protect your skin by placing a cloth or a towel between the ice pack and the skin. Keep the ice pack on the joint for 1 minute, remove it and place it again. Do this for 15 minutes and repeat it at least 2 times daily.
2. Frankincense essential oil
The breakdown of the cartilage tissue can be prevented with the use of frankincense essential oil. This essential oil can reduce the inflammation when it is used on the tendons and joints regularly. Consult a doctor and use pure oils. Mix 3 drops of the oil with coconut or olive oil and rub it on your joint 2 times a day.
Teas with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers are effective against arthritis. Anti-inflammatory powers are seen in green, black (rich in quercetin), ginger and rosehips tea. You can make your own or purchase these teas from a local grocery store. For preparing ginger tea, boil ginger in water for 10 minutes and then strain the tea. Drink this tea 2 times a day at least.
4. Epsom salt
Bone demineralization is a side effect of arthritis. Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium and can promote bone mineralization and ease nerve pain. Soak the affected areas in a mix of 2 cups of Epsom salt and warm water for half an hour. Repeat the treatment few times a week. To add more benefits to the bath add 10 drops of frankincense essential oil. You can also soak only the hands in a bowl where you will mix 2 drops of the oil and ½ a cup of the salt. Using only Epsom salt is also effective.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers, so this drink is excellent for arthritis. Once a day, drink water or hot almond milk with one teaspoon of turmeric powder. To sweeten the beverage, add honey.
Reduce the inflammation with selenium and sulfur found in garlic. To avoid the smelly breath, sauté 2 garlic cloves with 2 tablespoons of olive oil or mustard. Let it cool down and massage the joints. Repeat this 2 times a day and keep the garlic on as long as possible.
Consult a doctor before trying a home remedy or an exercise. Do the exercises gently. Consult a doctor if the home remedies cause allergic reaction or a rash.
Source: Choose Healthy Life
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