Arthritis plagues the lives of more than 10 million people around the country. With no cure for the disease most have to turn to painkillers to treat the pain. But a recent study by the Faculty of Sciences at Manchester University has bought a new method of easing the pain to light. Simply soaking in a bath filled with salted water could help to relieve the symptoms.
According to the results of the study the salty solution reduces painful inflammation of the joints. The breakthrough could spark a dramatic change into how the condition is treated. Without having to turn to conventional drugs, which often cause unpleasant side effects, people can now simply look to the back of their cupboards for a pill free alternative to treating the condition.
The researchers behind the study, Dr Vincent Compan and Dr Pablo Pelegrin, found that even using ordinary table salt used in high concentrations can ease the agony of arthritis. When an arthritis sufferer soaked in a bath filled with salt, the solution reduced the swelling of the cells within the body by dehydrating them and preventing the cells from expanding, which is often the primary cause of the condition. Whether it was injected into the body or absorbed through the skin via bandages soaked in salt or bathing, the addition of salt worked in exactly the same way.
This latest study provides more proof of the importance of salt in our lives – not only does it play a key role in keeping us healthy but it can be used to ease away the pain associated with arthritis too.