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Osteoarthritis: Noninvasive Treatment Options

These treatments may help relieve pain and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis. Always look for a licensed or accredited therapist. And keep in mind that these treatments may affect other treatment you are getting. Always tell every healthcare provider you see about each kind of treatment you are using.

Woman getting shoulder massage.

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment. It uses small needles. They are placed into the skin in certain areas on the body. Acupressure is similar. But it uses pressure instead of needles. They both may help release the body’s own painkillers. 

Massage

Therapeutic massage may help you and your muscles relax. It may also improve blood flow. Massage can help joints stay more flexible. Look for a certified massage therapist. Many are trained to treat sore muscles that happen due to joint pain and stiffness. 

Supplements

Some people think that dietary supplements may help with arthritis pain. But be careful. Herbs, vitamins, and other supplements may affect other drugs you are taking. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist before trying a supplement. 

Biofeedback

Certain things the body does are automatic. This includes rate of breathing and heartbeat. Biofeedback is a way of learning to control some of these things. It may help to lower stress and cope with pain.

Online Medical Reviewer: Barrus, Bryan, MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Marian, Valentin, MD
Last Review Date: 2/9/2012
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