Osteoarthritis: Noninvasive Treatment Options
These therapies may help relieve pain and stiffness. If you decide to try one of these therapies, look for a licensed or accredited practitioner. Also, keep in mind that these therapies may have an effect on other treatment you are receiving. Always tell every healthcare provider what other kinds of treatment you are using.
Acupuncture and Acupressure
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese technique. It uses small needles inserted in certain places on the body. Acupressure is similar, but uses pressure instead of needles. These techniques may stimulate the body's natural painkillers.
Therapeutic massage may help you and your muscles relax. It may also improve circulation and help joints stay more flexible. Look for a certified massage therapist. Many are trained to treat sore muscles that result from joint pain and stiffness.
Some people believe that certain dietary supplements may help people with arthritis. But be careful: Herbs, vitamins, and other supplements may have an effect on medications you are already taking. Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before trying a supplement.
Certain functions of the body, such as rate of breathing and heartbeat, are usually automatic. Biofeedback is a way of learning to control some of these functions. It may help in reducing stress and coping with pain.