Written by: Sophie Addison
Whether your joint pain is just temporary, due to a weird sleeping position or working out incorrectly, or more chronic, like the kind that comes from arthritis, it interferes with your daily routine and makes even simple movements more difficult. Although your first instinct might be to reach toward the medicine cabinet, many of the medications used to treat joint pain have unwanted and potentially dangerous side effects.
Taking an ibuprofen now and then is probably okay, but doctors warn these anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach bleeding and ulcers over time while stronger medications to manage chronic pain often include steroids or prescription opioids. Given the recent warnings about over-prescribed addictive opiates and an increase in overdoses in recent years, finding natural solutions may be the safest and longest lasting way to manage joint pain.
Physical activity is “crucial” to relieving joint pain advises the Mayo Clinic. (http://www.mayoclinic.org/arthritis/art-20047971) It helps manage weight, and those extra pounds can put more pressure on your joints to aggravate the pain. However, the benefits are much further reaching. Studies have shown vigorous exercise that gets your heart pumping release endorphins that bind to pain receptors in the brain, actually reducing pain. The key is finding safe exercises that won’t put pressure on delicate areas. The Mayo Clinic says to stay away from high-impact activities like running and jumping and stick to low-impact activities like walking, cycling, swimming, and stretching.
Get a massage
Many people see massage as an alternative medicine or simply a way to indulge and relax, but not as a necessary medicine. However, for those with joint pain, massage may be a much-needed relief and natural remedy for joint pain. Even the Arthritis Foundation says regular massage is a powerful tool to reduce pain, increased range of motion, better grip strength, and many other psychological and physical benefits. Specifically, the American Massage Therapy Association writes that studies have shown massage to be particularly effective in reducing lower back and neck pain.
Practice Gentle Yoga
If you’ve been following Glozine health news updates, (https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health) you know yoga has many physical and mental benefits, and relieving joint pain may be one of them. Some are concerned some yoga poses may be difficult or dangerous for people with joint pain, especially because many require a good sense of balance. However, John Hopkins Arthritis Center published a recent study showing gentle yoga poses, typical to what you’d find in a beginner class. They determined yoga was safe and beneficial, even for people with arthritis as long as the positions were gentle and the participants used adaptions to meet their individual flexibility, like blocks and straps.
Although many people find it hard to focus, that’s exactly why meditation is beneficial. Sitting down to notice your body, thoughts, and breathing might not come naturally at first, but over time, meditation can change your brain to reduce pain dramatically according to Psychology Today. Studies show meditation activates and develops the brain so much so it can reduce chronic pain intensity by 57 percent and even up to 90 percent of people who meditate regularly throughout their lives.
Get enough omega 3s
Omega 3s are an essential fatty acid, one our bodies can’t produce naturally. You can get it from fish, and some plant based products like flaxseed and olive oil. However, most Americans don’t get enough of it and load up on omega 6 instead, which can contribute to inflammation according to the Arthritis Foundation. They go on to explain that studies have documented the importance of omega 3s to reduce inflammation and some of the stiffness and tenderness that come along with joint problems. To get the benefits, and all the omega 3s you need to stay healthy, they recommend eating two 3-ounce servings of fish a week and to talk to your doctor about taking additional supplements.
Many see acupuncture as an alternative medicine, one not completely backed by science, as demonstrated by Harvard Health Publication’s advice that it’s “worth a try.” Although not a particularly encouraging suggestion, studies do show acupuncture helps relieve pain for many people. An analysis of 29 studies involving about 18,000 people found that acupuncture provided joint pain relief for most, (https://www.jointhealthmagazine.com/jointrelief )even reducing it by 50 percent and the Arthritis Foundation also recommends it as a natural treatment.
Take turmeric supplements
The New York Times blog Well interviewed Dr. Minerva Santos to find natural remedies for joint pain, and turmeric shows lots of promise. Curcumin, an ingredient in turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that studies show work as well as ibuprofen in treating pain, and at least one study showed taking curcumin in capsules daily for up to three months was safe. Dr. Santos recommends 1,000 milligrams a day and choosing a capsule that also comes with piperine to aid in absorption.
Sometimes joint pain is so unbearable people need the instant relief medication can bring. However, in most cases medication doesn’t treat the underlying cause of pain – it just gets rid of it temporarily, so when you stop taking the medication, the pain returns. These natural solutions may provide a more lasting, and safer way to treat joint pain, whether chronic or temporary. If you have chronic pain or an injury, make sure you speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement or trying a new workout.
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2.www.socialandhealthservices.com/general-health/stiff- knees-7- simple-ways- you-can- banish-joint- pain-for- good/
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