I have finally put together the list of all the therapies or treatments that have been recommended to me for my osteoarthritis. Some serve only to relieve the symptoms without dealing with the cause while others deal with the underlying cause. I lumped them all together and present them here in alphabetical order.
I have not tried all of them at this point and I stress to you, dear reader, that I did not bring them all in at once. Nor do I recommend that you do so as it will be overwhelming and likely to set you up for failure. I have been researching this since November and I bring in new things as I can.
Therapies for Osteoarthritis
- Acupuncture – I found some relief from acupuncture for my knees when they first started bothering. I also plan to go back soon.
- Bone Broth – I wrote about bone broth, briefly, earlier this week. I’m still drinking it on a daily basis. Bone broth was recommended by a friend who is a naturopath doctor. Some believe that it has the potential to reverse osteoarthritis.
- Breathing – OK, I’m not sure that this was a suggestion specifically for arthritis, but following my surgery in May I now know just how important breathing is.
- Food – The type of food you eat is one of the prime influencers of health. Too many Americans follow the Standard American Diet, aka SAD. I strive every day to consume more fruits and vegetables. I also seek out higher quality foods – organic, grass-fed, pesticide. I have never been big on processed food, but there is always room for improvement, right?
- Ginger – Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. I have been making a “ginger ale” drink since November. It is working, but I also need to determine all the causes of inflammation in my body.
- Healing Touch – Healing Touch is an energetic therapy that has been helping me with pain, headache, energy levels, and more.
- Losing Weight – Can you say Catch-22? Losing weight will help to reduce the arthritis pain. Reducing arthritis pain will enable me to move more which will result in weight loss? What’s a body to do?
- Meditation – Honestly I think meditation can be helpful for any physical ailment.
- Physical Therapy – Physical Therapy was prescribed for my knees. I was sent for three sessions and then was to do the exercises on my own. To be honest, this is about as much fun as watching paint dry.
- Reflexology – I had a mini-session on Saturday and went back Wednesday for a full hour session. I’ll be talking about this more soon.
- Turmeric – Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory. I have been taking Curamin at the recommendation of a friend who is a nurse. It is a combination of curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – and boswellia. Boswellia is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- Water – Does it seem that water is the solution for many things? Perhaps there’s something to it.
- Yoga – This just makes sense to me because you’re doing many of the same stretches as in physical therapy. I’m doing yoga on my own but I’m looking for the right class now.
That’s quite a list, isn’t it? Have you heard of other therapies that aren’t on that list? If so, please leave a comment below.