Like me, you are probably taking the advantage of being able to move around freely for granted. Yet Grandma may be slowly losing that mobility due to aching joints or the swelling of arthritis. These painful conditions can make even the simplest task a chore, and have a negative impact on the elderly quality of life.
Taking a ton of medications is not always the right solution, especially if Grandma is taking pills for other ailments. Luckily there have been some alternative treatments discovered that can help ease the pain and restore mobility.
- Turmeric and ginger tea. Blending these two ingredients into a hot tea using honey as a sweetener will cut down on the inflammation that causes arthritis pain.
- Epsom salt soak. The magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt is great at relieving pain. You can make a soak for grandma by adding a half a cup to some warm water and having her hold her hands inside. If that doesn’t help, try massaging magnesium oil into the affected areas and adding a supplement to her diet. Beans and dark leafy greens contain the mineral naturally and can easily become a part of a diet.
- Massage the area with extra virgin olive oil. There are compounds in olive oil that are also found in Advil or aspirin. Instead of popping those pills, treat Grandma to a nice massage with olive oil to help ease the pain. Yes it does have to be extra virgin or you don’t get the same benefit.
- Dandelion leaf tea. It may not sound appetizing, but elements in the leaves of dandelions will suppress inflammation and increase immune system response.
- Ultrasound therapy. In severe instances you can bring Grandma to a physical therapist for ultrasound therapy. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to stimulate blood flow to the area and stop the spasms that often accompany arthritis. An ultrasound technician will know just the right intensity to use with this harmless therapy to help grandma regain use of her aching joints.
- White willow tea. If Grandma’s arthritis responds well to aspirin, but her stomach doesn’t, you can get the exact same medicinal effect from white willow tea without the side effects. Plus, in liquid form it is absorbed quicker in the body and gets to work on knocking out pain.
- One last remedy to consider is regular exercise. This may sound counter productive knowing that Grandma is in pain, but regular exercise increases blood flow, which in turn allows the body to heal faster. Take Grandma out for daily walks, teach her how to ride a bike or even buy her a treadmill to use while watching Wheel of Fortune.
We hate to see Grandma in pain, but the sad truth is that growing older is never an easy process. Help her through all these transitions by offering her alternatives and making sure that she is always being given the best possible care.