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Alleviating Arthritis Pain During Winter

Many seniors with arthritis feel more pain in the winter because of changes in barometric pressure and the wet weather. There are many home remedies Grand Strand senior care professionals suggest your loved one try this winter to alleviate the symptoms.

Dress in Layers

Dressing in layers may alleviate arthritis pain because extra layers of clothing can keep the joints warm. Help your loved one choose outfits that provide extra layers around the knees. Some seniors may even feel better wearing gloves while indoors.

Go for a Massage

According to a research published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a massage can help relieve the pain of arthritis. Encourage your loved one to go to a massage therapist or even rub sore joints at home. Studies suggest massaging joints helps relieve painful stiffness.

Get Some Exercise

Your loved one should be encouraged to move around on a regular basis. While it may be painful at first, most seniors find exercise helps loosen up stiff joints. Additionally, exercise can help your loved one maintain a healthy weight, thereby alleviating some of the pain.

Soak in Epsom Salt

Many seniors benefit from soaking in a bath of Epsom salt because the minerals soak into the body and help build strong cartilage. Make an Epsom salt soak by combining two cups of salt in a tub full of water.

Drink Teas

There are several teas that can help relieve arthritis pain. White willow, juniper berry, and dandelion teas have all been found to be effective for pain relief. Additionally, you should encourage your loved one to stay hydrated because this also helps alleviate arthritis pain.

Lubricate with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Your loved one may find it helpful to lubricate sore joints with extra virgin olive oil. Simply rubbing a little oil into a sore joint may alleviate the pain.

If your loved one has arthritis, he or she can better manage the pain with help from Home Care Assistance. We are a trusted name in elderly in-home care and provide flexible live-in and hourly home care Grand Strand seniors can depend on. Our trained caregivers can help with tasks of daily living such as mobility assistance, medication reminders, and light housekeeping. Call (843) 353-3105 to speak to a knowledgeable Care Manager who can help tailor a care plan to match your loved one’s needs.