Therapies are one of the treatment approaches available for arthritis which mostly comes under alternative medical treatment category, yet works very well to lessen the pain and discomfort associated with arthritis. However, in the majority of the cases, these therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medical treatments to gain fast benefit.
How can therapies help an arthritis patient?
Therapies can help arthritis patients in many ways:
- Increase mobility and reduce friction or stiffness in the joints
- Some therapies even hinder the progression of arthritis
- With the varied amount of therapy programs available to treat specific symptoms such as easing mind or body and relieving pain, an individual can choose a right therapy that is suitable for them
- Encourage patients to have a positive attitude and provide a new ray of hope.
- Maintain health and fitness
- Provide various ways to get relief from arthritis pain naturally.
These types of therapies are available to guide arthritis patients to perform their daily tasks without any interference, or strain in the joints. Most experienced specialists are aware of the various home and work problems that exist in the life of arthritis afflicted individual. So the therapists will suggest ways by which patients can about performing their tasks independently without relying on anybody for help. It is best to consult an occupational therapist right after the diagnosis.
Sometimes they can work with a patient to device an individualized plan that works for that specific patient. For example, they can help a patient organize their house and workplace work in such a way that there is least stress on joints and no scope for joint injuries. They will also indicate proper ways of walking and if any support is required they will direct people to best walking aids or assistive devices. These devices can come a long way in helping such people to perform strenuous tasks effortlessly.
Water therapy for arthritis comprises of various physical activities that can be performed in water. The benefits of this form of therapy are multi-fold. The first and the most desired advantage of aquatic therapy is that when immersed in water, the stress on joints will be minimized significantly because of the special quality of water called buoyancy. To be precise the body weight is reduced by 75 % if walked in chest deep water. Since there is not much stress on the joints it is relatively easy to perform exercises or physical activities in the water.
Moreover, due to resistance exerted by water one can also use this property of water for their benefit, to strengthen and tone their muscles. It is a fool-proof way for arthritis patients to develop their muscle strength.
In a physiotherapy session, a therapist uses various stimulation and massaging techniques to increase the function and mobility of the joints. A physical therapist also proposes various exercises that provide the most beneficial effect for arthritis patients. An experienced and skilled physiotherapist can educate patients about how to improve performance and make modifications to relieve discomfort. Physical therapy is usually prescribed as a short-term treatment. A therapist can be approached few times a week as directed by a physician or as and when the need arises. As any disease can be over-bearing, in physical therapies some relaxation techniques are also provided, to go through life without any stress.
One can try all the aforesaid approaches to figure out a method that works perfectly for them. If done with diligence, improvement of the arthritis condition is inevitable.