Joint pain can be very debilitating, and it is something that a lot of people live with. Thankfully there are some things that can be done to ease that pain which uses natural resources and does not have the harsh side effects that some of the treatments of traditional medicine can have. We are going to look at some of the best solutions here.

1. Lose Weight

This, of course, presupposes that you have a problem with weight in the first place, but if you do, losing weight is actually a valid way to reduce the stress on your joints.

Your knees, hips, and feet can be badly affected by excess weight purely due to the pressure that is exerted on them. Your knees constantly have a pressure being applied to them that is one and a half times your body weight, so 200 pounds of body weight turns into 300 pounds of pressure, and that is just on level ground. That increases on an incline and can be enough to really make your knees hurt.

Harvard Medical School has suggested that a 10-15 lbs loss of weigh-in young people significantly decreases the chances of developing osteoarthritis in later life. You can change your diet, or combine it with the next suggestion, of getting more exercise.

2. Get More Exercise

As well as helping with achieving the first target of losing more weight, which will help take the pressure off your joints, exercise has benefits of its own.

Often when people hear the word exercise they immediately want to run, or perhaps walk slowly, to the hills, because they are imagining that they need to sign on at Bootcamp and start preparing to run a marathon, but this is obviously not going to be the solution if you are suffering from joint pain.

Running and even walking might be something that seems impossible, but there are alternative low impact exercises that can really help you get some flexibility back in your joints. Swimming or water aerobics really can help.

If you can work up to 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise spread across 10 minutes intervals throughout the week, you are going to feel the benefits to your joints.

3. Hot & Cold Therapy

You may already like taking long warm baths, and if so, this is going to be a great one for you to indulge in in the mornings if you have the time.

If you find yourself stiff when you get up most mornings, keeping those joints warm with a heating pad during the night can help.

If your joints are swollen or inflamed you should get a gel ice pack, or if you don’t have one a bag of frozen veggies will do, wrap it in a towel and apply to your joints for relief.

They work because heat dilates the blood vessels and increases circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. Cold works by constricting blood vessels and can numb that pain. You are going to have to experiment and see which works best for you.

Using these methods at least twice a day or more if necessary is going to help you have less pain.

4. Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been around for 2,500 hundred years, and it has been helping people in East Asia live long and productive lives, so it’s worth a try, right?

If you have a fear of needles that have been holding you back it may be worth going to see an acupuncturist and talking to them about it, and they can surely answer any questions that you might have.

Compared to the usually prescribed Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs there are no real side effects to acupuncture.

It may take more than one session for you to feel the benefits. Mainstream medicine is on the fence about its efficacy, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from all the people it has helped in that 2000 plus years to indicate that there is something to it. It is relatively inexpensive, so if it doesn’t work for you you won’t be too much out of pocket.

5. Meditation

For anyone that has suffered from joint pain there is the reality that sometimes nothing seems to touch it, so finding a way to process that pain can be invaluable, and meditation may be a great solution for you.

Even if it doesn’t allow you to set aside the actual pain, it may help you to handle the associated stress, and it may allow you to have a clearer head when it comes to confronting the problem.

It can be depressing having a condition that affects your mobility and your ability to do simple things that you have taken for granted, so shifting your focus and finding a way to center and calm yourself is going to help. Not being so stuck in the depression can change how you feel about and cope with the pain.

There are plenty of books and videos on Youtube you can check out to get more data on how to go about it. It can be as simple as finding somewhere in the house you can relax and just tuning it all out.

6. Eat More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Dietary change is often something that is going to have an effect on any kind of body problem that you might be experiencing, but Omega-3 Fatty Acids have been shown to have a direct impact on joint stiffness and pain.

Fish oil is a great source of these fatty acids, and you aren’t going to have to consume a massive amount of it to have an impact on your health either. Three grams is all it is going to take to decrease joint pain.

It increases blood flow when you are exercising which reduces the pain and the swelling. It also reduces inflammation and also keeps those joints healthy by restoring and supplementing joint tissues.

It’s easy to consume as well – you can take it in pill form and won’t have to taste it if that’s an issue.

Vegetarians and vegans can get their Omega-3 from chia seeds, hemp seeds, walnuts, edamame, and a whole host of other foods.

7. Eat Turmeric

Another foodstuff that is increasingly being found to have beneficial properties by traditional medicine is turmeric. It has been used for a long time in practices such as Ayurveda, but only now is the scientific research starting to dig into how it actually works.

Its main active ingredients include something called curcumin, which may lower blood sugar, have antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and anti-cancer properties.

Again, this is not something that you have to take in huge amounts to reduce your pain. 1,000 milligrams over a period of 8-12 weeks were found to reduce joint pain and inflammation to a degree that was as effective as many NSAIDs.

It’s early days for the research, but the side effects of adding turmeric to your diet is going to be minimal. If you like curry you may already be eating a fair amount of it.

8. Massage

Massage is something that can benefit those suffering from joint pain in many ways. Relaxing those muscles that can often hold the joints tense is going to relieve the stress being put on the joints.

The relaxation aspect of the massage treatment can also put you in a better state of mind to deal with the pain.

There are certain practices that use heat, which can as already discussed provide relief to your joints.

You should work with someone who is familiar with working with someone that has joint pains, so they aren’t expecting a range of motion that you aren’t capable of doing, and can adjust which type of massage they are using to suit your needs.

There are even certain techniques of self-massage that you can use that can provide you relief between sessions. This can improve your mobility as well as helping you to handle that pain.

9. CBD Oil

CBD has been found to be very effective when it comes to helping you to handle the pain in your joints resulting from conditions such as arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

You don’t have to worry that it is illegal, because CBD was legalized at the state level after its medical benefits were recognized, and the proviso was put in place that it contains such a low content of THC that there is no chance it is going to get you high.

It is becoming easier to find topical solutions as people become better educated about what CBD Oil is, and what it can do.

It works by targeting the endocannabinoid system in the body and modifies the way the body is handling the sensation of pain. It also reduces inflammation and serves as a protectant to the nerves according to research published in the journal Pain in 2017.

Conclusion

As you can see each of these answers is pretty easy to implement, and they are pretty inexpensive. Can you imagine what it is like to live your life with a reduced amount of pain? You might be able to do some of those things that you have been putting on the backburner. You at least are not going to be suffering as much as you have been, and anything is worth trying if it reduces that discomfort even a little.

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