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I’ve had many emails this winter about rheumatoid arthritis pain and winter tips for stuff joints. Winter is definitely the hardest season of the year for joint pain, and it can be miserable to deal with.
After having RA for 20 years now, I have tried and tested so many different things for relief. Today, I want to share with you some of my favorite winter tips for stiff joints and/or rheumatoid arthritis pain that make such a difference.
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I own this little wax melting machine. When my finger joints are super stiff and painful, I use this and it feels amazing! I just dip my hands in the hot wax, cover with it with the plastic wraps, and let it sit there for a while. It also moisturizes the skin!
You can also do this for your feet!
Using heat is the best way to survive the cold. It is very therapeutic and comforting. I keep this electric blanket on my bed. It produces just enough heat to sooth cold joints. I also keep a heating pad by the couch and in my office. Sometimes I will just keep the pad on my back to warm my entire body. It’s amazing how when your entire body is warmer, it even soothes the joints. (This is the heating pad I own, I like that you can tie it so it will stay in place!)
This sounds like a no brainer, but I used to just wear a jacket in the cold and do nothing more about it. I had a rheumatologist about 10 years ago tell me to start wearing a bunch of layers in the winter. A hat, scarf, gloves, and even a few shirts. Keeping your body temperature elevated when it’s cold out, will keep your joints warmer too. If I can keep my hands from getting cold, it really helps eliminate pain later on. I wear gloves almost everywhere in the winter, even if it’s 50 degrees out. I also wear these fingerless gloves around the house.
This is the perfect internal treatment for winter. Not only does it warm you up, but it treats inflammation, pain, and heals the joints. I drink this every morning and it has truly changed my life. If I miss a dose of this, I really feel it the next day.
Snapchat (or add me with username alexisroch) followers know how much I love this every morning. I love sharing it!
When I was in physical therapy years ago for joint damage, they used a large one of these on my knee area. This little portable one is AMAZING!
I struggle with knee pain in the winter, so I just hook this up when I am relaxing and it helps right away. I just stick the little pads right on my knee while I am sitting down. I let it do a full session or sometimes do 30 minutes. My dad has severe back pain and he uses this on his back. It helps him so much too!
P.S- Ruger is really obsessed with this machine too lol.
Keeping your muscles warmed and flexible is very important for joint pain. I stretch and do Pilates every day to keep my muscles strong and flexible. My IT bands are always really tight, so I use a foam roller every day in that area. You can do it on your own or have someone roll it for you.
I get my husband to do it for me, and it is wonderful!
Acupuncture has been used for pain relief for decades. It doesn’t help all types of joint pain, but it really helps with muscle pain which in turn soothes joints. This acupressure mat works similar, but creates pressure which in turn relieves pain.
It is not painful at all, more of a pressure sensation which seriously helps with joint pain and stiffness. I really love how relaxing it is too.
Hot baths have been one of my longest pain relief treatments. There was a time when I was really struggling with arthritic swelling, pain, and stiffness to the point I couldn’t really move in the mornings. I started soaking in really hot baths each morning for 30-45 minutes and this helped me move around for the rest of the day.
The heat was the number one treatment, but adding in some salts and oils also made this more effective.
Magnesium sulfate (Epsom salt) is one of my favorite additions. It soothes aches and pains well. I will also add a few drops of rose oil or peppermint oil for a cooling sensation.
I’ve been a green tea drinker for about 15 years now and the more you drink, the better you feel when it comes to inflammation.
For more chemical benefits on tea, be sure to read this post on why tea is absolutely amazing for you.
In the winter when it’s chilly (or really any night that is chilly), I will make a hot cup of green tea and add a few teaspoons of raw honey. This combination is so relaxing and comforting, and it always soothes any pain I have. I sleep like a rock when I have this at night.
I have been doing this every night this winter, and I am addicted to the tradition now.
Even if you don’t have rheumatoid arthritis or other joint diseases, these are fantastic tips for any type of joint pain, stiffness, or even just to relax.
My husband doesn’t have a joint disease, but he does work out a lot and gets joint stiffness. He joins in on almost all of these and loves it!