5. Laps in pool is fantastic for those that are able to get to one. Nothing like it. Especially a heated therapy pool..for those who have arthritis.
6. Relaxation tapes get on my nerves...they make me so nervous cause my body refuses to relax when I force it too. Go in a darkened room, just sit back, maybe play some of your favorite slow music and let your body do it's own thing.
7. Hot tubs maybe OK for some people..but my advice is to check with your Dr. before going in one. At the Health Center where I use to go..I saw people going in one, and thought I 'd give it a try. My body had an immediate reaction....it was then that the life guard asked if I had high blood pressure or heart trouble or some other stuff...after that they put a sign up warning people with such conditions not to go in.
8.Personal TENS units are good. for moderate pain..but speaking from personal experience..when the pain is really severe..you don't even feel the unit and it no longer works. I set mine to full and can't even feel it, like you should...doesn't help anymore. Even the one in the chiropractors office has to be set high to help a little. So it all depends on the pain level.
12 . Great for those that can move around...but there are those who the more you move, the harder it hurts and the only way to ease off the pain to bearable is to not move. Simple things like trying to make a quick microwaveable meal, or washing dishes, or putting the dogs out, forget vacuuming the floor..can cause excruciating pain to the point of taking your breath away..which leads to having to take more pain meds.. So all depends on how bad you are.
14. Biofeedback - for those that can afford it, or have insurance that pays for it.
15 Pain patches can interfer with certain meds, but sure to ask the Dr. first. Also if the pain area is extensive and spread out over the body, you'll look like a walking patch.
16.Pilates- Un-doable for a lot of people with different conditions.
17. Restful nights sleep of 8 hours is fantastic....just tell the body to quit hurting long enough to get any amount of unbroken sleep.
21. Reducing sugar to help with joint pain..therefore anyone who is a diabetic should never have any joint pain. Great if you are lucky enough to have it work for you.
22. Again great for those that can afford it.
29. Makes the most sense here..but again, if your knees are also bad, that leaves out lunging or knee bends..unless you have someone there to pick you back up after trying them....then carry you back up the steps.
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