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Natural Remedies and Osteoarthritis Pain Relief

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Whether you are looking to book that family walking holiday, or simply climb the stairs in your home without feeling those frustrating joint twinges, you might find natural remedies for osteoarthritis a useful addition to your pain management programme.

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease that occurs as a result of wear and tear on your joints. Cartilage, the smooth, rubbery substance that cushions the bones in your joints, starts to deteriorate, leaving bone to rub on bone, which ...can be quite painful. This friction can lead to inflammation that leaves your joints painful and stiff. Reducing inflammation is a key component to managing osteoarthritis symptoms.

Osteoarthritis pain can be treated with medications, such as paracetamol for pain relief, or NSAIDs like diclofenac, an ingredient in Voltarol Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief 1.16% Gel which helps to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. However, there are a number of natural remedies that you might want to consider for osteoarthritis. You might find one as a nice complementary treatment in your pain management toolkit.

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Natural Pain Relief for Osteoarthritis

Pain relief doesn’t have to be all about taking medicines. Sometimes a simple lifestyle change, or new understanding of how to make use of an everyday object in your home, can provide that much-needed relief and get you moving freely again.

Voltarol Osteoarthritis Joint Pain Relief 1.16% Gel relieves pain and inflammation osteoarthritis causes, but there are plenty of natural remedies for osteoarthritis that you can use alongside medication.

What to Eat to Help Osteoarthritis

There have been a number of studies on the connection between what you put on your plate, and the improvement - or worsening - of osteoarthritis.

A major hypothesis in these studies is trying to show which foods, if any, have an impact on inflammation. A major contributing factor in the pain felt by osteoarthritis sufferers is inflammation of the joint, which has also been connected to various food sources.

No single food has been proven to improve everyone’s osteoarthritis, and everyone’s body is different; but this article can tell you more. 

Natural Remedies and Osteoarthritis

Older active couple walking outside - an effective home remedy for osteoarthritis

But what natural, non-medicated, home remedies for osteoarthritis can you begin to explore from today? Well the good news is there are activities and simple actions in the home that you can incorporate into your life from now. Here are some suggestions to get you started: 

  1. Yoga
  2. Hot and cold packs
  3. Massage
  4. Walking
  5. Physical therapy
  6. Maintain a healthy weight
  7. Acupuncture
  8. Sleep
  9. Support from others
  10. Get creative in your daily routine
Group practicing yoga outside - an effective natural treatment for osteoarthritis

Try yoga

You don’t have to be a seasoned gym goer to try out a bit of yoga. It is good for building strength, flexibility and balance, even when following the simpler, gentle movements, and is recognised as an osteoarthritis natural treatment. Find a local class, or sign up to an online course if you prefer to practice in the privacy of your own home.

If you’re undertaking yoga at home, there are number of stretches and exercises that might gently help arthritic joints that you may want to check out.

Man using a cold ice pack on his elbow - an effective way to get short-term relief from osteorthritis

Use hot and cold packs

These two home remedies for osteoarthritis pain can help provide short-term relief in certain cases. Even applying a hot water bottle to the area can be effective in reducing pain. Cold... packs that have been cooled in the freezer, work in a similar way. Remember not to apply cold packs or ice directly to your skin, but wrap them up in material or a towel to protect you!


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A woman receiving a massage, a natural remedy for osteoarthritis

Book a massage

Ah yes, we saw the idea of this one made you sit up! But while you might associate massage with a bit of pampering, massage could actually be the natural remedy for osteoarthritis that you were looking for. Various studies have seen a reduction in pain for those undergoing regular massage. Check with your medical practitioner before booking a treatment, and ensure you have a trained massage therapist in order to avoid injury.

An older couple walking in the park - keeping moving is a great way to ease pain in the joints

Keep moving

Going for a stroll around the park is a great way to catch up with a friend, while getting those muscles moving. Even if you need a walking aid such as a stick or a cane for support, that daily movement can help to ease pain.

Woman using bands with her trainer - physiotherapy is a great way to manage your osteoarthritis symptoms


A trained physiotherapist can guide and help you learn different movements, stretches and exercises that can help you manage your osteoarthritis symptoms. Physiotherapy can also help restore function to joints that have a decreased range of motion due to osteoarthritis. Physiotherapy relies on at-home exercises as well as guided in-person sessions with a physiotherapist.  

Healthy young familypreparing lunch - losing weight can ease arthritis pain

Maintain a healthy weight

Sure, many of us can all stand to lose a few grams. But this is especially true if you experience osteoarthritis symptoms. Excess weight puts unnecessary stress on your joints. Losing just a few kilos can go a long way in easing arthritis pain.

Person receiving acupuncture in their back - an effective treatment for osteoarthritis


Many people find that acupuncture can help alleviate the aches, pains, and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis. If you think this could be right for you, do consult first with a healthcare professional and ensure you go to a qualified professional to administer the therapy.

A couple sleeping in bed - a good nights sleep helps manage osteoarthritis

Get a good night’s sleep

Sleeping well can help ease the stress of pain. Being well rested can help you cope with managing your osteoarthritis symptoms. It is an important part of self-care and important to your body’s self healing process. To ensure you remain well-rested, be sure to go to bed at the same time every night. Make yourself comfortable with pillows for support, especially around achy joints (even between your knees if you sleep on your side), that may flare up in the evenings after being in motion all day.

Two women walking arm in arm - reaching out for support to reduce the isolation of pain

Reach out for support

Being in pain has a way of making you retreat into your own little world, shunning activities that you once loved. This can be very isolating. Reach out for emotional support – because pain is not just physical. It’s often emotional and mental, as well. Support can come in the form of a listening ear from a compassionate friend or something more practical like getting help bringing in groceries after a day at the shops. You can also be referred to pain clinics which can be in group or individual settings, where those in pain can connect with healthcare professionals and other sufferers.

A couple gardening - a popular osteoarthritis pain relief home remedy

Get creative in your daily routine

If household chores are starting to get affected by your joint pain, it might be a good time to think how simple items around your house might provide you with osteoarthritis pain relief home remedies.

If you love to get out in the garden, but your ankles and knees hurt when you kneel to weed, think about putting a yoga mat under you, or even wearing knee pads. Or if you enjoy making the family meal each evening, but standing chopping veg takes its toll, keep a stool handy in the kitchen so you can take the weight off your feet.

Each of these tips may seem small, but sometimes the small things (which taken together add up to big things!) are all it takes to put a spring back in your step and a smile on your face.

Treatment by pain type 

Learn all about the causes, symptoms, and pain treatments for the type of pain you’re experiencing so you can get back to doing those little things that bring you joy.