Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) July 14, 2012
“July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness month and for caregivers and parents of a child suffering from the disease, it’s the perfect time to share a few tips for controlling pain, reducing inflammation and improving quality of life,” said Thad Schaben of Hot Spring Spas in Des Moines, Arnold’s Park and Carroll, Iowa. “Even small lifestyle changes can have big impact on improving health,” continued Schaben. Here are three strategies for helping loved ones relax, feel better and live more comfortably…
Regular Exercise For many children suffering with pediatric arthritis, it’s difficult to exercise when movement of any sort is painful. Nevertheless, keeping fit is one of the easiest ways to eliminate pain, making daily activities more comfortable. Physical activity offering a wide range of motion is an effective way to treat arthritis and while it may be uncomfortable at first, adding small amounts of activity into a daily routine will improve strength and increase flexibility. For children who enjoy playing group sports in school, most activities are safe. Swimming, biking and even walking are great choices to keep fit without putting too much pressure on the joints.
Healthy Weight Children suffering from pediatric arthritis sometimes find it difficult to manage weight. And with medications, appetites can suffer. Excessive weight gain or loss make living with juvenile arthritis more difficult and can contribute to other health conditions like early osteoporosis. Providing a healthy combination of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins along with plenty of whole milk ensures the body and the bones stay as strong as possible. For weight loss, try to limit snacks and avoid overeating. For weight gain, try to add as much nutritional value into each meal as possible by adding cheeses, gravies etc.
Soak Away the Pain One of the easiest, most convenient ways to ease the pain of arthritis is with a hot tub. Sitting in the warm water relaxes stiff joints, making it easier and less painful to move. Massage targets the damaged tissue and muscle area, helping with mobility and buoyancy takes pressure off joints, decreasing pain instantly. With consistent use, inflamed, stressed joints become more flexible and range of motion increases. Sit in the hot tub a few nights after dinner and prepare the body and mind for a calming, restful sleep free of pain. And as an added benefit, improved sleep gives damaged joints and muscle tissue the chance to repair naturally.
Juvenile arthritis affects the lives of children in many ways. As a parent or caregiver, take the time to help a child who is suffering by ensuring they have healthy foods to eat, get plenty of exercise and have a method for controlling pain like a hot tub. Learning to live with juvenile arthritis can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right tools, everyone benefits.
“To help educate the public on how warm water hydrotherapy can help improve your overall health and well-being, we will provide free hot tub test soaks in our 5 locations during the entire month,” commented Schaben. “We want to encourage local consumers to check out the benefits of a relaxing soak in an energy efficient hot tub for themselves.”
Consumers wanting to find the Hot Spring Spas location nearest them are encouraged to visit the company website for more information. The website address is http://www.HotSpringGreen.com