For many people, suffering from arthritis means being in constant or frequent pains and so one has to keep taking pain medications to manage the aches. However, according to experts, taking too many pain medications is counterproductive. There are safer and more effective solutions for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. One of the most effective ways of managing arthritis is through exercise. However, not all exercises are suitable for persons with arthritis. Some forms of exercises could worsen the pains or in worst cases led to fractures. These exercises should be combined with the right diet and supplements.
Exercises are among the most recommended, safe and effective natural remedies for arthritis. Some people assume that the best exercises for arthritis patients are isolation exercises on the affected joints but studies have shown that fully body exercises are more effective. The greatest benefit of exercises is that they help improve mobility of the joints, prevent loss of the muscle tissues, help maintain strength, mobilize the contracted and stuff joints and also they help reduce stiffness and pain.
The greatest benefit of the exercises is that they help person suffering from arthritis to remain independent. Studies have shown that exercises work well for the two forms of arthritis, namely rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. The leading causes of osteoarthritis is aging, diet and lifestyle which cause the wear and tear of the joints while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system begins destroying itself and it attacks even the cartilage and the protective lining of the joints. Regardless of the cause or nature of arthritis, exercises and dietary changes combined with the right lifestyle habits can help manage it.
Some authors of fitness and nutrition tips will tell you that supplements such as glucosamine, essential fatty acids and bromelain are of help. This true but the greatest first, second and third line supplement is the right diet. A well balanced diet especially combined with the right exercises yields more benefits than any known supplement. Sea food which is high in omega 3 fats should also be taken by person suffering from arthritis. Salt, caffeine, alcohol and such other drinks and beverages need to avoided totally or taken in moderation.