Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis - Dietitian Tips

Heat therapy

Whenever she used to get muscle pains, my grandma used to put a hot water pad on her cramps or pains. I grow up learning that heat treatment eases pain. That is true. Heat helps you bear the pain and relaxes muscles.

The same treatment can reduce the RA pain Heat treatment is the most common practice use in India to ease pain and it is widely recommended home remedy by doctors. My grandmother was not a doctor and you don’t need to be either to use the heat treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Here are some home tips you can make use of.

  • Warm water bath
  • Heating pad
  • Paraffin bath
  • Acupuncture
  • Warm water bath

    Taking a warm water bath helps relax muscles. If you have a bath tub, soaking for 15 to 20 minutes in warm water helps the muscles to relax. You don’t need to take a hot water therapy from a professional, don’t you?

    A warm / hot shower can also assist in reducing the stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis. If there is no water shortage in your area, you can add to your shower, a regulating shower-head massager which is relatively cost effective and easy to install. This therapy can be useful in particularly winters. After a warm bath, if you cover your joints with winter dress, it will prolong the gain.

    Heating pad

    A heating pad is one more nice thought, but remember that in comparison with dry heat, moist heat enters more deeply. Although you can buy hot packs or dry heating pads, you can make hot pack at home tool. Heat a moist folded towel on a hot pan for 10 seconds and you get your moist heat pad. Alternatively you can use a dry towel also.

    You can heat towel in a microwave oven too for 20 seconds. The time varies from type of cloth, thickness and type of heating source. Apply the hot towel on your palms before putting on your joints. This will prevent heat shocks and burns.

    Paraffin bath

    Many therapists advocate a paraffin bath. In this an electric heated pot or small tub is used to melt the wax. Your feet or hands are immersed into the wax which is maintained at safer temperature.

    When wax solidifies again, the therapist insulates the joints with a cover to retain the heat. This bath is generally 20 minutes long; thereafter the wax is peeled off. If you are buying the paraffin bath kits for home purpose, talk to your therapist for recommendations. Make sure you read all the cautions before you use.


    Chinese medicine is using acupuncture from more than 2,000 years. Trained Acupuncturists inserts thin needles into the body at points. The process is virtually painless with the hand of an experienced practitioner.

    Place in the needles is believed to correct imbalances of the energy flow in the body. In scientific terms, the acupuncture adjusts the immune system, hormone levels or body’s neurotransmitters.Clinically the research in acupuncture and rheumatoid arthritis is not much but some data shows it can be helpful.

    Be sure you see a licensed practitioner when you decide to go for. It is also imperative to confirm that the acupuncturist employs only sterilized needles and disposes after the single use.

    Check more about Rheumatoid Arthritis on below links

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Definition, Causes and Symptoms
  • How to Improve Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms
  • Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis
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