Here are eight things you can do to gently ease morning stiffness.
- Plan ahead. Take pain or anti-inflammatory medications an hour before getting out of bed in the morning.
- Exercise in bed.
- Hit the showers.
- Put the dryer to work.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Bring the heat.
- Move your body every day.
- Don’t stress, ask for help.
What causes stiffness in the morning?
It is usually an indication of worn joints, muscle tightness, or inflammation from arthritis. Weak muscles and stiff tendons also tend to tighten during sleep. Osteoarthritis, (the “wear and tear” kind), and rheumatoid arthritis, (which involves swelling and inflammation), both can trigger morning stiffness.
Is arthritis worse in the morning?
Like joint pain, the stiffness is often worse in the morning or after a period of inactivity. Morning stiffness that is a symptom of another type of arthritis, called osteoarthritis, usually wears off within 30 minutes of getting up, but morning stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis often lasts longer than this.
What helps stiffness from arthritis?
Use hot and cold therapy. Simple hot and cold treatments can make a world of difference when it comes to arthritis pain. Long, warm showers or baths — especially in the morning — help ease stiffness in your joints. Use an electric blanket or moist heating pad at night to keep your joints loose.
Why does arthritis hurt more in the morning?
During the night, while your joints aren’t moving, the inflammatory materials can cause joint fluid to collect in and around the joint, which makes even more swelling, which leads to the pain and stiffness you feel first thing in the morning. So mornings with arthritis totally suck.