Changes in barometric pressure during winter can increase pain levels in seniors with arthritis. Rockwall senior care professionals recommend the following remedies for relief from the pain of arthritis.
Wash Dishes by Hand
Washing dishes by hand has been known to alleviate arthritis pain in seniors. The warm water can reduce swelling, while hand movements can reduce joint pain.
Apply a Capsaicin Cream
Make capsaicin cream at home for your loved one by combining a few dashes of cayenne pepper with extra virgin olive oil. Have your loved one rub some on his or her aching joints and cover the joints with plastic wrap. While the first few times may cause a burning sensation, many seniors report the remedy as being effective at relieving pain.
Go for a Swim in Warm Water
Swimming is one of the best exercises for seniors, and swimming in warm water may help reduce joint inflammation. Exercises such as swimming can help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, which can help control arthritis pain.
Drink Green Tea
Laboratory tests on mice suggest drinking at least four cups of green tea a day can be effective at reducing the effects of rheumatoid arthritis. Other researchers have found the tea’s polyphenol antioxidants can help reduce inflammation. Encourage your loved one to drink green tea regularly throughout the winter.
Eat Yellow Mustard
Research suggests eating yellow mustard may help alleviate arthritis pain because it contains curcumin, a nutrient that helps prevent inflammation. Encourage your loved one to eat a teaspoon of yellow mustard each day for maximum benefits.
Consume Foods High in Vitamin C
Eating a diet high in vitamin C has been shown to relieve the effects of arthritis in seniors. Because the body cannot store vitamin C, your loved one should try and eat foods rich in the nutrient every day.
If your loved one has arthritis, he or she can benefit from having a caregiver in the home. Turn to Home Care Assistance for help looking after your loved one’s care needs. We provide live-in and hourly care Rockwall families can rely on, and we also provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia care services to boost cognitive function, delay memory loss, and promote self-esteem. Call us at (972) 722-7833 today to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.