You’re probably all too familiar with joint pain, and though the quickest way to get rid of it is to pop an Ibuprofen, there are people who’d rather skip this route, especially if they’re worried about its side effects when taken with other prescription medicine.
Most people have instead been finding ways to remedy joint pain with natural methods. If you’re new to this, we’ve run down a list of natural remedies for joint pain.
1. Try hot and cold therapy
Long, hot showers in the mornings can help ease the stiffness in your joints from the chilly night before.
You can use a heating pad at night for your joints, or even make your own.
Fill a cotton sock or a small pillowcase with uncooked rice and seal it. Place it in the microwave for three
minutes and let it cool before placing it on your sore joints for relief. The rice grains will follow the
shape of your body and wrap it in soothing heat. You can also put a bag of frozen peas onto your joints,
alternating between the two.
If you need a quicker and easier alternative, you can fill two containers - one with ice cold water and the
other with hot water (that your body can tolerate). Dip into each container for 30 seconds each, switching between the chill and the warmth, before finishing with ice cold water for a full minute.
Here’s the way acupuncture goes: essential energy called qi (chee) travels through our bodies through 20
channels called meridians. When its flow is disrupted, the body goes out of balance and pain and illnesses occur. There are supposedly 2,000 acupuncture points that connect to meridians, and pinpointing these points with needles can restore balance to the qi flow and help the body function properly again.
This method is actually one of the most studied complementary therapy in the world. The World Health
Organization also recommends this to help in the treatment of 100 different conditions.
The thing about acupuncture is, your insurance probably won’t cover it. It’s also important to tread lightly
if you want to try it out and find a licensed acupuncturist.
Apart from the added benefit of weight loss, which can lift the extra weight and pressure off your aching
joints - promoting mobility throughout your body can decrease pain and maintain overall flexibility. Avoid
exercises like running though, since it uses weight and may do even more damage for you. Instead, try low-impact activities like swimming and aerobics. These promote knee and hip flexibility and strength. Since
water doesn’t have any bearing weight, as an exercise for people with arthritis, it doesn’t have a harmful
impact to your joints.
It may not sound like it’s going to do much for your physically, but management plays a big role when you suffer from joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis, for example, gets worse under stress. By learning how to cope with the pain and discomfort can go a long way to imposing further damage on your body.
5. Make some changes to your diet
Get rid of any junk or processed food in your diet and try to switch to a diet plan that’s mostly fresh
fruits and vegetables, along with fish, whole grains, and herbs. A study from the Case Western Reserve
University also found that drinking green tea, which has polyphenol antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory
functions. Spices like ginger and turmeric also have properties that are able to reduce swelling and numb brain chemicals that transmit pain signals.
Another thing that can help is to add Vitamin C. Not only does it boost your immune system, it also enables the body to produce more collagen, which rids the body of free radicals. Collagens are also a huge part of joints, so taking more vitamin C will certainly do your body favors.
Of course, calcium intake has been one of the staple remedies that ease joint pain. Having too little in
your body will raise your chances of getting osteoporosis. It’s not only present in milk, but in vegetables
like cabbage, broccoli, and kale.
6. Add some omega-3 fatty acids
Having a high intake of omega oils that have can help with arthritis pain. Fish oil supplements have shown time and time again their capability to reduce stiffness in the joints. Adding foods rich in omega-3 fatty
acids in your diet can also help with your joint pain.
7. Try some herbal supplements
A combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which are both found in human cartilage, can reduce pain and swelling that comes with osteoarthritis. They can also slow down the degeneration of the body’s cartilage, and even repair them. The good part is that there are no known risks associated with taking supplements that contain these two, so you’re in the clear.
Just keep in mind that not everything works for everyone, more so when you’re taking other treatments or medications to address any other illnesses you may be suffering from. Always consult with your doctor.