Reduce Discomfort In Your Knees Associated With Arthritis
If you have arthritis in your knees and often find that the pain associated with it causes you to avoid walking or standing for extended amounts of time, the following tips may help reduce discomfort and make it easier for you to cope with the inflammation in your knees joints.
Hot And Cold Wraps
Hot and cold wraps are sold in pharmacies and contain a gel filling that can be heated inside of a microwave or cooled in a freezer. Experiment with hot and cold therapy in order to determine which one assists with reducing pain. A wrap is designed to fit securely around the knee area. Place the wrap in your freezer for several minutes or warm it up in a microwave for a minute. Place one of your feet inside of the wrap and pull the fabric upwards until it is lined up over your knee. Put the other wrap on in the same manner.
The coolness that the wrap emits will provide soothing comfort and will numb the affected area. It will also reduce swelling in each knee. Heated wraps will increase blood flow through your legs and will alleviate stiffness. Use hot and cold wraps whenever needed. They will remain in place while you are on your feet and may make it easier for you to move around.
Massage While Legs Are Elevated
Ask a close friend to provide you with a relaxing massage while your legs are elevated. Prop your legs up on a wedge pillow until you are comfortable. Ask your friend to dim the lighting in the room that you are in and listen to calming music on a portable radio while you receive the massage. Verbally express if the massage is helping to reduce pain. If you find that too much pressure is being applied to specific areas, ask your friend to gently rub the skin surrounding your knees instead.
You may also want to consider having an aromatic herbal oil rubbed into your knee area. Many herbs can assist with inflammation and discomfort. Pleasant-scented oils may also help you feel relaxed during the massage.
Epsom Salt Soak While Drinking Herbal Tea
Fill a bathtub with warm water and sprinkle some epsom salt into it. Stir the water to assist with dissolving the salt. Prepare a cup of herbal tea to enjoy while relaxing in the tub. Put on a face mask as you soak in the water and are provided with pain relief. Epsom salt will temporarily alleviate stiffness in your joints. The herbal tea may also reduce pain that you are experiencing and help you unwind. Once the bath is over, you may find that you do not have difficulty resting or falling asleep, due to not experiencing discomfort any longer.