Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare-Ups: How to Reduce Occurrences

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If you’re one of many who have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, you already know how painful the flare-ups from this inflammatory disease can be. The good news is that you can significantly reduce RA flare-ups in a number of ways. Let’s take a closer look to find out how.

A Balanced Lifestyle

Having RA means that physical activity and rest both need to be made top priorities. Exercise is an integral part of your treatment, especially when a program is developed to suit your individual needs, abilities, and existing joint damage if there is any. When you’re experiencing a flare-up, rest will be the most important thing to do because it helps you to conserve energy and reduce the pain of inflammation.

During rest periods, switching to activities like reading or working from an adjustable laptop table for your bed will allow you to relax. When flare-ups pass, simply adjust your table to continue your activity and reap the health benefits of standing.

Adopt a Different Diet

There are many anti-inflammatory foods that can reduce the occurrences of flare-ups. The first step is to eliminate processed foods from your diet. Next, you’ll want to eat the rainbow. By that, we mean eating foods of every color, from blueberries to strawberries and broccoli to peppers.

Wild-caught salmon, kidney beans, olive oil, onions, and nuts and seeds are all great examples of foods that reduce the proteins responsible for inflammation and pain. An added bonus is that they provide you with the nourishment you need to stay healthy. Plus, you can enjoy them all from your adjustable laptop table for bed or sofa.

Explore Natural Options

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In addition to balancing exercise with rest and eating differently, you can also reduce your RA flare-ups with natural therapies. Since stress reduction can also reduce flare-ups, taking time to decompress with meditation and deep breathing can help.

Acupressure, reflexology, and acupuncture are all effective methods for releasing the body’s own medicine, and they can greatly reduce flare-ups and pain. Hot and cold therapy is another natural way to reduce pain; a cold compress is ideal for numbing moderate to severe pain and reducing inflammation. When joints and muscles feel stiff and fatigued, heat can offer effective and immediate relief.

Again, when in pain, rest is best. You don’t have to avoid doing something you enjoy; simply move your adjustable bed table for the laptop over your chest and finish your work or that special project while giving your body a break.

Build a Support Network

Your relationships have a direct effect on your ability to deal with RA, but this important support system can also help reduce stress, ultimately reducing flare-ups. An online or offline RA support group can help you find new strategies for living your best life.

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