Physical exercise is an effective way to relieve rheumatoid arthritis (RA) joint pain and increase mobility and range of motion. It can also strengthen the muscles that surround the joints. It’s best to focus on low-impact exercises that won’t strain your joints or increase your risk of injury. You can also use hot or cold treatments to soothe stiff and swollen joints. Cold treatments can help reduce inflammation while hot ones can numb the painful areas.
Massage is another effective RA pain relief technique. It has been around for thousands of years and has proven to be effective in relieving pain. However, it’s important to discuss the benefits and risks of massage with your doctor. Also, try to choose a massage therapist who has experience working with people with RA. Be sure to let the therapist know what parts of your body are most sensitive. Also, if you’re prone to allergies, you should avoid using essential oils.
OTC nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can also be an effective method of relieving pain.
RA pain can be debilitating. Depending on your age, you may experience flares or remissions of your symptoms. These flares can last a few days or months. Often, flares are triggered by changes in weather or certain foods, or by infections.