Joint pain certainly takes it toll. Even mild symptoms can be debilitating, leading not only to a chronic state of lingering physical discomfort, but also to a state of mental unease.
Below you’ll find a collection of five ways to naturally relieve joint pain!
Hot and cold therapy
Likely the most immediate form of pain relief. Heat contributes to blood vessel dilation and therefore, blood circulation, leading to muscle relaxation. Next time you experience pain, try a heat pack or patch on the affected area for 20 minutes. This is also a great tool to adopt before exercise as it helps to prepare joints for movement. Cold therapy can also be used to reduce pain and associated inflammation. Ice packs are useful in numbing the affected area, reducing muscle spasms and lowering swelling. This is often the first point of action during an arthritic flare or acute injury. If you find yourself in severe joint pain, try icing the area for 20 minutes.
Try a magnesium salt bath
Magnesium is a mineral that among it’s many functions within the body, acts as a muscle relaxant. In addition to enhancing relaxation, magnesium aids in reducing inflammation and swelling, both of which are associated with pain. You can find magnesium salts at your local health store. Try adding 1 cup of salts to a bath and soak for 20 minutes.
When in a state of active pain, the thought of movement may seem like an incredibly distant prospect. Regular exercise however, has been known to aid in reducing musculoskeletal pain. This is immediately achieved through an increase in blood flow to the joint tissue - more circulation results in lowering inflammation and stiffness. Regular, long term exercise will also increase muscle mass which acts as a protector to the joint capsule.
Aim for daily movement such as a 20 minute walk around the block, a gentle swim or a simple yoga sequence.
Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese approach to medicine and healing, triggers the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which aid in the reduction of pain sensation. If you have the means and accessibility, regular sessions of acupuncture may be useful in your long term pain management.
Maintain a healthy weight
Carrying excess weight places added pressure on the joints, which are already vulnerable to wear and tear. Although this isn’t a quick fix as weight loss should be approached in a mindful and sustainable manner, it is a factor that may be considered when exploring long term pain management. Engaging in regular movement, limiting alcohol consumption and adopting a healthy, vegetable laden diet will aid in achieving a steady state of weight loss.
Start implementing these five tips today for an easy and natural approach to pain relief!