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How to Supercharge Your Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments

 

How to Supercharge Your Psoriatic Arthritis Treatments

tai chi is a moving meditation practice that helps enhance flexibility, strength, and balance. It’s also shown to be effective in mitigating psoriatic arthritis symptoms. One study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis who practiced tai chi experienced enhanced functioning of their lower leg muscles, as well as less pain while exercising and living their day-to-day life.

tai chi is a moving meditation practice that helps enhance flexibility, strength, and balance. It’s also shown to be effective in mitigating psoriatic arthritis symptoms. One study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that patients suffering from psoriatic arthritis who practiced tai chi experienced enhanced functioning of their lower leg muscles, as well as less pain while exercising and living their day-to-day life.

Supercharge it! Find a place to perform Tai Chi outdoors to help aid in relaxation and score some extra vitamin D in the process (but don’t forget to apply that SPF). “There may be indoor practices to join in your community; however, traditionally Tai Chi is practiced outdoors in order to feel the connection with the elements such as air, water and earth,” says Dr. Rose.

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D., takes a whole-life approach to managing her psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Sure, she takes a prescription, but that's really just the beginning: “I exercise at least six days a week and try to only eat fried foods once a week, since the fatty acids in fried foods can increase inflammation,” says Davenport, who's a health coach and writer in Centreville, MD. “I also stretch once or twice a week (I just download a routine on my phone), and recently I also stopped eating wheat.”

Because psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory autoimmune condition, the standard protocol for treatment usually involves a combination of medications that help reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. This most often includes NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) along with stronger drugs knowns as DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs). But experts agree that Dr. Davenport’s approach of complementing her PsA meds with other non-traditional treatments can help quell symptoms and make Rx psoriatic arthritis treatments work better.