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Managing Lupus

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Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes your immune system to attack healthy cells and tissues, often resulting in muscle pain and other symptoms. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can flare up and then subside. Although pain medication can sometimes help, there are also other treatments that can help alleviate your pain.

Applying heat

Moist heat is more effective than dry heat, and you can apply it by using a moist heated towel or taking a hot shower. Soaking in a hot tub, sauna, or whirlpool can also provide relief from joint and muscle pain.

Massage therapy

Massage therapy can help relieve physical tension. In addition, it releases endorphins, a hormone produced by your body that can reduce pain. However, this type of treatment shouldn’t be used for cutaneous lupus, which affects the skin and can make it painful to touch.


Some supplements may help with symptoms associated with lupus, although you should discuss these with your healthcare provider before starting to take them. Supplements that contain the hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), fish oil, or vitamin D have been shown to be helpful.

Acupuncture and biopuncture

Acupuncture and biopuncture are traditional types of medicine that utilize needles to help relieve pressure and pain in the body. Acupuncture uses small needles, and biopuncture uses even smaller ones to inject a plant-based solution directly into the painful area.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can help reduce the pain and inflammation in your body. This allows you to feel less stiff and to stay more mobile.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic treatment, especially relaxation therapy and back treatment, can help alleviate pain associated with lupus.

If you have lupus and are looking for a way to better manage your pain, make an appointment today with Performance Health. We’re home to more than 30 health care providers that include top specialists such as physical therapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutritionists, and acupuncturists who can help relieve your pain.

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