5 Tips for relieving morning arthritis

For people living with arthritis, waking up in the morning can often mean sore and stiff joints which makes getting out of bed rather difficult. If this sounds like you, follow these 5 top tips for ways you can help relieve the pain and make mornings that bit easier. 

1)    Stretch your joints gradually

Instead of forcing your joints into action, stay in bed and gradually stretch out your arms, legs and back. By completing gentle exercises, you’ll slowly warm up your muscles and loosen your stiff joints. It’s also a good idea to complete some mild exercise before you go to bed as this can help you in the morning. 

2)    Take medication early 

To keep the pain and inflammation at bay, take your medication about an hour before you need to get up. Pop your pills, a glass of water and a snack on your bedside table and set your alarm an hour before you need to rise so you can take the medicine with plenty of time to allow it to get to work before you get out of bed. 

3)    Apply some heat

Heat improves circulation and soothes sore joints and muscles, so invest in a hot water bottle or an electric blanket to use while in bed. If you’re still stiff after you get up, have a warm bath or shower and gently move your joints to waken them up once again. 

4)    Exercise to relieve arthritis 

Research shows that exercise can work wonders for arthritis sufferers as the stronger the muscles around the joint, the better supported, and therefore less painful, it will be. So, even though it may be the last thing you want to do, find a form of exercise that you enjoy to help build up your strength, even if it’s as simple as going for a daily 15-20 minute walk. 

5)    Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you are struggling in the mornings with your arthritis, don’t suffer in silence, reach out to a loved one or your carer and ask for help. You’ll find just a little extra support can make a big difference in relieving your pain and improving your overall wellbeing. 

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