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According to WebMD, here are 5 simple ways you can ease Osteoarthritis symptoms on your own, at home: 1. Stay active. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when your arthritis hurts. But many studies show that physical activityis one of the best ways to improve your quality of life. Exercise boosts your energy. It can also strengthen your muscles and bones, and help keep your joints flexible. Try resistance training to build stronger muscles. Your muscles protect and support joints affected by arthritis. Go for aerobic workouts to burn calories, which will help you lose weight. Maintaining a healthy weight relieves stress on painful joints. Of...

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While many alternative medicine therapy fads may be fleeting, the use of essential oils and aromatherapy has remained a staple in the world of natural medicine. Techniques using essential oils have been tried by many rheumatoid arthritis patients as well as people with other painful ailments. However, the effectiveness of oils and aromatherapy has not been entirely proven. And officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) haven’t yet seen fit to give them their stamp of approval. Some Patients Swear by Them Many patients don’t seem to mind that essential oils aren’t FDA approved or widely accepted in traditional...

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If you’re one of the 1.5 million people in the United States living with rheumatoid arthritis, exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind. Painful, swollen joints and constant fatigue can make physical activity burdensome. However, the right plan can help you ease into exercise and allow you to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle.   Why you should be exercising Gentle, regular exercise helps strengthen the muscles around your affected joints. It can also help fight the fatigue that’s so common with RA. In addition, exercise can slow the progression of bone and joint damage. And, as you...

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Cleaning Tips That Will Spare Your Joints Streamline cleaning tasks to maximize sparkle and minimize joint pain and strain.  House cleaning tips begin with pacing yourself. Instead of a dedicated chore day, clean just one room a day.  Equip yourself properly. If squeezing a spray bottle or lugging a heavy bottle of laundry detergent is tough, look for easy-to-handle packaging. Concentrated laundry detergents come in smaller, lighter bottles but contain enough product to clean the same number of loads.  Strategically store cleaning supplies. In a two-story house, stash a complete set of cleaning solutions and tools on each floor –...

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A recent post on the www.everydayhealth.com website listed ’10 Essential Facts about RA’ we urge you to read the complete list as it’s very informative. Below we provide the last three points on the list: Controlling inflammation in RA can have positive ripple effects on your health. “It may be that controlling inflammation is important not only for treating the arthritis but for protecting people’s long-term health from all these other conditions,” explains Bernard R. Rubin, D.O., division head of rheumatology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and a clinical professor of medicine at Wayne State University.Rubin. For example,...

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