Chronic joint pain can be unbearable, even when trying to do the most mundane, everyday tasks. Your joints are the key to moving your body, from your wrist to your knees, and not being able to do those functions freely can be frustrating.
Managing joint pain with painkillers can help, but even then, you are still suffering from the side effects of prescription medications. Don’t you wish there was an easier way to calm down inflammation and manage your joint pain?
Here are six ways to help treat joint pain – without medications.
1. Get physical
The endorphins produced by exercise help block pain signals, giving your body a natural painkilling high. The act of stretching through physical therapy or exercise can not only improve your mood, but help strengthen your muscles, which puts less pressure on your joints and helps protect them.
2. Relax your muscles
Stress can often increase pain and pressure, especially with joints. Actively taking steps to relax your muscles could help ease your joint pain. Stretching exercises like yoga, meditation or professional massages could all help alleviate some of the chronic pain you feel by relieving tension and stress that builds up throughout your body.
3. Try acupuncture treatments
Acupuncture is a key component of traditional Chinese alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points. The goal of acupuncture is to restore energy to your body and help balance the energy within you. Acupuncture has been known to help alleviate stress and pain in key areas that gather tension over time, and could have the potential to relieve chronic joint pain as well.
4. Use salt soaks
Epsom salts in a warm bath can help relieve aching muscles and joints by lowering inflammation and reducing muscle spasms. The magnesium and sulfates in Epsom salts help provide quick relief by relaxing tense areas of your body that you might not have even known were tense in the first place.
5. Eat healthier and slim down
If you are overweight, losing some of that weight can help relieve stress on your joints and make even the simplest of functions a lot easier. In fact, being overweight can actually accelerate bone degeneration. Eating better can also help relieve joint pain. Including anti-inflammatory foods and spices, such as turmeric, in your dishes can help relieve the pain as well.
6. Take vitamin supplements
Joints are often painful because the natural tissue lubricant between them has faded over time, causing your bones to grind on one another. Some ways to help prevent the loss of tissue between joints or even aid in restoring it are by taking natural vitamin supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids. Collagen also contains amino acids that help build up joint connective tissue, and can be found in protein-rich foods like beef, chicken or fish. Finally, Proteolytic Enzymes can help naturally reduce inflammation in your system, which eases pressure on your joints as well.
If you’re suffering from chronic joint pain, consider visiting the experts at Carolina Orthopedics to create a treatment plan that works for you.
Carolina Orthopedics provides high quality orthopedic services and care to the Aiken and CSRA communities. Carolina Orthopedics offers accessible, affordable orthopedic care to provide diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation services, including medicine, reconstructive surgery, total joint replacement and MRI. They accept all insurance programs.