10 Affirmations for Arthritis to Manage Your Pain

Affirmations for Joint Pain

Research published by the CDC, reveals that 24% of adults in the US have arthritis.[1]

Are you one of those suffering?

Practicing a positive affirmation might not have been your first option for treatment, but there is evidence to show it can improve your overall wellbeing.

The Good Body Essentials

We know some of our readers are looking for just a few statements to get started:

  • I am strong and capable.
  • I trust my body.
  • I have a positive mindset.

Positive Affirmations for Coping with Joint Pain

Part of learning how to use affirmations is choosing the right words.

To inspire you, take a look at our list of 10 affirmations for rheumatoid arthritis as well as other forms of the condition:

10 Affirmations for Arthritis on Textured Notepaper Set Against Closeup of Bone Structure Background

1. I am slowly healing.

2. I trust my body.

3. My body moves freely and easily.

A good night’s sleep is one way to relax your muscles — but it’s a fact that many of us are not getting enough hours.

When you’re sleeping your muscles relax completely helping them to recover from the stresses and strains of the day.

4. I am in control of my pain.

One way to take control of your discomfort is by using TENS therapy.

This type of electrotherapy stimulates your nerves, stopping pain signals from reaching your brain.

The science shows it can be effective for people with arthritis, particularly those struggling with knee osteoarthritis.[2]

You can also enjoy the treatment in the comfort of your own home. Read our roundup of the best TENS units to help you find the right device.

5. I am strong and capable.

6. My pain does not define me.

7. I am open to new forms of treatment.

There are a range of massage products on the market for treating your joints — you may have tried one or two of them already!

However one style of massage you might not have heard much about is acupressure.

Research into acupressure mat benefits proves that it’s effective as a natural form of pain relief, and it’s another one you can enjoy easily at home.

It’s simply a case of finding the best acupressure mat.

8. I have a positive mindset.

9. I am happy and healthy.

10. I am resilient. I can get through anything.

Treat Yourself

Living with arthritis can be challenging. Why not treat yourself to something that could help?

We’ve compiled a list of gifts for people with arthritis, including a number of things that might make life easier.

Laura Smith


Laura Smith

Associate Editorial Manager

Specialist health & wellbeing writer, passionate about discovering new technologies & sharing the latest research.


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2023). Arthritis [Online]. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/arthritis.htm [Accessed 26 May 2023].
  2. Vance, CGT. et al. (2012). Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association [Online]. Effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation on Pain, Pain Sensitivity, and Function in People With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3386514/ [Accessed 26 May 2023].