If you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis, it is likely you felt it first in the small joints of your hands. Accompanying the joint pain are symptoms of stiffness and swelling, making even those small, every-day tasks a challenge.
To help ease the pain and protect sore, inflamed joints, arthritis gloves are often recommended by occupational therapists as a safe, non-medicated treatment option for rheumatoid arthritis. Designed as an aid to make it easier to cope with your daily activities, therapy gloves help support sore hands, warm chilled fingers and comfort swollen, stiff finger joints.
How Can Therapy Gloves Help My Sore Hands?
While there are different kinds of therapy gloves, generally thermal, compression gloves which are designed to keep your hands warm while providing compression to assist support your aching fingers and hand joints are recommended as a good choice.
As well as helping to easing your arthritis symptoms, the soothing warmth provided can help you feel more relaxed and calm. While not a cure for rheumatoid arthritis, thermal gloves may improve your grip strength and comfort sore, inflamed joints.
Ideally, thermal compression gloves are recommended to be worn for eight hours or more, so may be worn to bed each night to help relieve hand pain for improved sleep and reduced hand pain and swelling which means your fingers may be easier to move in the morning.
Of course, everyone's response will be quite individual and how effective they are for you, will depend upon the severity of your symptoms, your ability to adequately rest your hands, other conditions you may suffer with and how long you have suffered with your arthritic condition. If your condition has taken years to develop, then it may take time and care to effectively treat your hand pain. It is also important to be mindful that therapy gloves might effectively ease one symptom but not all associated with your arthritis pain.
Tips for Maximum Pain Relief For Hand Arthritis
- Ensure your gloves fit well and are not too tight or too loose. Consult your doctor, pharmacist or therapist if you require help with correct fit.
- Follow the eight-hour rule to gain maximum therapeutic benefit.
- If you also suffer with other health conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, choose therapy gloves which provide firm support for your wrists to help improve symptoms.
Find out more about how Thermomedic Therapy Gloves can help improve your sore hands.