How to Soothe Arthritis Pain During Winter

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Winter weather brings huge changes in barometric pressures, which may cause seniors with arthritis to complain that their aching joints. While there are medications seniors can take to relieve arthritis pain, Fort Worth care professionals recommend the following pain-relief methods to naturally reduce discomfort.

Washing Dishes

While washing dishes may sound like work, many seniors find that it helps their arthritic hands to feel better. The warm water can help relieve swelling and the exercise can help keep fingers more nimble.

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult for seniors. Therefore, encourage your senior loved one to try lying in a dark room with quiet music playing. Alternatively, seniors can try guided imagery to help them sleep. 

Listening to Music

Some Fort Worth live-in care professionals believe listening to music can help lighten the mood and relieve pain of a senior with arthritis. Generally, people who are less agitated complain less about pain. Encourage your senior loved one to listen to his or her favorite tunes to take his or her mind off the pain.

Exercising

Even when the weather is miserable outside, it is still important that your senior loved one exercise on a regular basis. Hydrotherapy is one of the best forms of exercise for seniors with arthritis. If that is not an option, then encourage your loved one to find a gym where he or she can exercise inside. 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Seniors can eat a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil because it is loaded with healthy fat that may help stop the pain from arthritis. Alternatively, many seniors find that rubbing some olive oil on an aching joint makes the pain go away.

Mustard and Onion Juice Rub

Like the oil, many seniors report that rubbing their aching joints with mustard and onion juice helps to bring relief. So, save the onion juice that is created when you dice an onion and combine it with some mustard. Then, encourage the senior to rub it on his or her joints.

While seniors may experience more pain because of changes in the weather’s pressure, one of these home remedies might help them find relief. Learn more about managing arthritis pain at home when you call Home Care Assistance at (817) 349-7599. In addition to helping seniors age in place, we provide flexible Alzheimer’s, dementia and stroke care in Fort Worth for clients with more specific needs. Let us customize a personalized care plan for your loved one when you call.