3 At-home Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis
How to Deal With Your Psoriatic Arthritis At Home
Fortunately, there are many things you can do at home to make dealing with psoriatic arthritis much easier. Here are 3 ideas to try today.
- Heat and cold therapy: Can cold packs and hot packs really make a difference in how you feel? When it comes to psoriatic arthritis-related pain, yes.
Cold packs have a numbing effect, which can help dull your pain, and heat can help relieve joint pain and swelling by relaxing sore muscles.1 Your doctor will let you know how long you can leave a heat or ice pack on.
But you don’t have to use an ice pack or heating pad to get the benefits. For cold, you can use a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel, and for heat, you can use a warm, moist towel or take a warm bath.
When applying heat or cold for a long time, remember to wrap the ice or heating source in a towel before applying it directly to the body.
- Exercise and stretch at home: We all know that exercise boasts many benefits, but you don’t need to belong to a fancy gym to get your work outs in. At-home exercises are just as effective as exercising anywhere else. You can stretch, walk on a treadmill, buy or rent DVDs, and even download podcasts to get workout routines.
- Rest—but not too much: It’s important to get proper rest when you have psoriatic arthritis, but you don’t want to rest too much or you risk more joint stiffness and swelling. Balance your daily activities with rest. Find little ways to relax several times a day—do some deep breathing or just sit quietly.
As with any new treatments, you may want to consider running these past your doctor. He or she may have suggestions for specific exercises and length of rest period.
Also, tell the doctor what you've tried and if it helped or added to the pain—and that's an important point to keep in mind. Even though these are "easy at-home treatments," that doesn't mean that these are guaranteed to be harmless. If you experience new pain or more pain, stop and talk to your doctor.
Incorporating these at-home treatments into your overall treatment plan for psoriatic arthritis can help make dealing with psoriatic arthritis much more manageable.