So can arthritis be reversed? Many are too quick to say no because there isn’t a cure for arthritis but there is hope out there to stop the progression of it. You can reverse the severity of the symptoms of arthritis so you can still THRIVE. No raining on your parade today! The journey to help reverse arthritis is not an easy one but man, it is worth it to be on the other side.
This was a comment I recieved recently on one of my instagram posts and I thought I’d share it to see if any of you could relate:
When we think about if arthritis can be reversed, so often our dreams are just shot right out of the sky. Everyone is quick to tell you the things you cannot do. You are usually left with no other options besides a tunnel of despair. One you feel alone in, I may add.
You likely already know that there isn’t a cure for osteoarthritis. What we can do though, is reverse the severity of the symptoms. Arthritis doesn’t have to dictate our lives; it is possible to come out on top.
But this journey to reverse arthritis symptoms may not be all butterflies and rainbows. Unfortunately the process looks more like a 2 year old trying to draw a line compared to a straight shot to freedom from pain.
I want you to know that you can do it. You can finally find freedom from arthritis pain once you dedicate yourself to the process. People have returned to hiking, skiing, biking, and even running despite being told that it was something they could never do again!
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The exact 5 action steps will be found in this guide above. Let’s now look into some of the best ways you can approach reversing arthritis symptoms and what is possible if you do.
The BEST ways to reverse arthritis symptoms
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are joint stiffness and pain. You can learn more about what osteoarthritis feels like in this article. What are the best ways to reduce these two major symptoms?
Let’s take a look.
Joint stiffness can be annoying. Sitting down or standing in the same position for >20 minutes and all of a sudden your joints feel like cement blocks. Maybe you even have to hobble around for the first few steps. In order to find relief from joint stiffness, movement is one of the best answers.
Depending on the joint, there are specific movements that can be done. Take a look at this video below for some simple, yet effective ideas!
Joint pain can be one of the most limiting symptoms when it comes to osteoarthritis. Painful joints can make movement really hard. It is important to understand what is causing your joint pain, and it may not be as obvious as you think.
One woman I had met had tried everything from ointments, medications, acupuncture, massage, heating pads, diet overhaul, and even walking- experiencing little to no long term pain relief. What she didn’t realize was she was lacking one extremely important thing: VARIETY in her movement.
Simply adding in specific moves that brought variety to her routine, unlocked pain relief that she never thought was possible.
We live our lives in a forward direction. We rarely ever move side to side or even backwards. It is extremely important that we consciously try to add variety to our day. Unsure of where to begin? Don’t worry, I have you covered. Here are some excellent ways to get started:
What is possible once arthritis pain is behind you
When I meet with someone who appears hopeless because of arthritis pain, I know there is great opportunity that lies in working with them. I want you to know that if you are feeling hopeless, sitting here reading this blog post, you are not alone in this journey anymore.
You can learn so much from others who have walked your same path and came out on the other side. Once joint pain and joint stiffness are under control- doors of opportunity can fly open.
I just recently was working with a woman who was dealing with right knee swelling, stiffness after sitting for work, and inside of the knee pain that would even wake her up at night. She was in her 40s and was dedicated to keeping her backpacking adventures alive.
She experienced increased knee pain after a hike and it just never went away. Come to find out she was told she had arthritis. She was an avid hiker and backpacker here in Utah so that diagnosis didn’t settle well with her.
Initially, we worked through ways to manage pain and swelling. We were able to find movements she was actually able to do without flaring up her knee pain! She dedicated herself to adding these movements every day.
Fast forward 2 months. She has been on 2 camping trips including hiking for multiple days. She has been able to begin interval running- which she didn’t think would be possible again! She now has a goal to go on a hike that is over 2000 ft of elevation gain.
She has been able to accomplish amazing things and keep her arthritis adventure alive. If you want to stop waiting to start yours, learn more about how you can get started HERE.
If you want to read more ✨inspiring✨ stories, head to this blog post.
The next time you hear “can arthritis be reversed” you now know the answer is simply not, NO. Instead of trying to reverse it completely, you can reduce the severity and the magnitude of your symptoms so you can live out your arthritis adventure.
How are you going to begin to reverse your arthritis symptoms today?!
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