Sometimes you have no choice but to manage pain levels with medication from your GP. However, you may be aware that significant doses of painkillers come with side effects which can be detrimental to your wellbeing in other ways.

If you struggle with arthritis, you will know this troublesome dilemma all too well. Osteoarthritis is often a chronic condition, and you will probably need the help of medics to maintain your level of comfort. Trying to lead a healthy, active life may be proving a challenge.

In such situations, the pain can become wearisome and affect your mental wellbeing, but there are some solutions that can support you in your desire for a life without pain.

First, there are foods you can eat that will help reduce inflammation levels in the body. Everything you have heard about the healthy Mediterranean diet can be helpful here. Tomatoes, olive oil, leafy, green vegetables, nuts, fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel, as well as fruits such as blueberries and cherries, can do much to reduce inflammation. Easing swelling should help to minimize pain in the joints.

Another option is to use a magnetic therapy aid. For this magnet to be most effective, it should be close to the affected joint. Therefore, if it is your hands, wrist or elbow, then a magnetic bracelet will be useful. If the pain is in your knees or ankles, some form of magnetic brace on these joints will be most effective.

Although a magnetic therapy aid may never replace anti-inflammatories and other pain-relieving drugs, they may help those with arthritis manage the pain more naturally. The more someone with arthritis can maintain movement, the stronger muscles will be and the less the pressure on the joint. Therefore, as part of a combined approach of diet, the magnetic therapy and pain-relieving aids from the GP could be all you need to maintain a pain-free life.