My Go-To Alternative Therapies for Psoriatic Arthritis

Julie Cerrone Croner | June 8, 2017

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I rely on many alternative therapies to help my psoriatic arthritis. Without them, I don’t believe I’d be where I am today with my health. I believe we must take a holistic approach. That’s where I see alternative therapies coming into play. They help support our bodies to most effectively use medications and treatments we receive from our Western medicine doctors. While everyone’s body is different, these are my go-to therapies and why I incorporate them into my treatment plan.

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Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is one of my favorite ways to relax. I lay back, relax and let my body focus on healing. Whenever I leave, I feel refreshed and energized. I know that my body is detoxing, and my neural pathways are truly promoting healing within my body. There are many ways that acupuncture can improve our health Click here to read 7 of them.

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Chiropractor part 1

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Having chronic knee problems (which the doctors couldn’t seem to figure out), I started seeing my chiropractor at the age of 13. Throughout all of the uncertain times I had, my chiropractor helped me navigate the waters. Not only does he help keep my body in alignment, but he’s taught me so much about food and diet and how it relates to inflammation, how exercise helps every inch of my body and how every issue can be traced back to a physical, chemical, or emotional cause.

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Chiropractor part 2

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My chiropractor is my go person to bounce ideas off. Because of that, he’s become a true partner in my health for most of my life.

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Diet

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I’ve written countless articles for HealthCentral stressing the importance of diet with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis. Ensuring that I’m cutting down the inflammation within my body is a very important factor to me. My main go-to therapy for treating my psoriatic disease is, without question, my diet. I currently follow a vegan paleo dietand I find that works best for my body. To learn what diet would help you manage your psoriatic disease, I’d suggest completing an elimination diet.

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Essential oils

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From brushing my teeth, helping to promote relaxation, managing my inflammation, to my beauty products — I use essential oils religiously throughout my entire day. I’ve turned to essential oils, as I know they’re natural and won’t cause me problems like other toxins do. It is important to make sure you buy a quality product. Make sure that the oil says “Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade” and is not just a perfume or fragrance you can buy in most stores.

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Functional medicine

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Having gone to a few different functional medicine practitioners over the years, I’ve realized how important they are to my journey. They’ve helped me create supplement plans, understand the importance of good gut health and helped me find targeted ways to treat my condition. Each of our bodies are so different and our diseases may manifest in different ways. I rely on my functional medicine practitioners to help me address my condition on a personal basis.

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Massage

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It wasn’t until I was in a car accident that I saw the benefits of getting regular massages. Since then, I make sure they’re part of my routine! While massages can affect us all differently (check out Leslie’s experience), I’d urge you to ask your doctor if you may benefit from the relaxation of a massage. I get them covered under my insurance through my chiropractor’s office.

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Meditation

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I was never one to meditate until I found that it truly is a secret weapon in my health. Before finding out about this secret weapon, I always was losing my cool, stressing out, and worrying about things out of my control. Because stress is a huge trigger in psoriatic disease, it’s important to learn how to manage your stress appropriately. There’s no such thing as a “no stress life,” so by turning to meditation, I find that it helps me fare better.

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Meditation apps

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I love to use the meditation app Headspace. For a few more suggestions, head on over to this post I wrote specifically about how I use meditation to manage my psoriatic arthritis or check this post out for three breathing exercises to incorporate into your day.

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Physical activity

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As I’ve previously written, having some sort of physical therapy or exercise practice is essential. Although there are days I’d rather lie in bed and do nothing, I always find benefit in moving. Moving gets our heart beat going, inflammation flowing, and can give us energy that we’re lacking. I have a desk bike that I use during the day and I always make sure to try to get in some sort of exercise three to four times a week as part of my treatment plan.

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Yoga

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Just like meditation and acupuncture, yoga can help promote relaxation and healing in your body. I personally find it my second main go-to in helping to manage my psoriatic arthritis (my first being diet!). Yoga impacts us physically, mentally, and spiritually. Our bodies truly can gain so much by completing a practice. To learn why yoga is such an important part of a psoriatic arthritis or psoriasis patient’s treatment plan, head over to read this post.

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