Joint pain is uncomfortable and can cause restrictions in your everyday life. Some joint pain can be as simple as a temporary athletic injury, some more complicated, but what is the best natural treatment?
The most natural treatment is to keep joints moving. When in pain we want to sit back, relax, and rest the affected area, but in doing so sometimes we prolong our own agony. Yes, it is good to ice and warm the affected area in conjunction with other treatment, but it is also of the upmost importance to keep joints moving. For example, in the case of arthritis, or recurring injury, continue light exercise to ease long-term pain. Exercise will actually help lessen joint pain and improve strength and flexibility.
Exercise helps to:
Maintain and gain bone density
Maintain a regular body weight
Produces more synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints.
Reduce joint pain
Strengthen supporting muscles
With any joint pain or injury it is important to use a combination of exercise in order to reduce pain. A combination of the following will have the most beneficial value.
Exercises to maintain and improve the range of motion.
For example if joint pain is in your knee, try to exercise this through the whole range of movement as much as possible.
Strengthening exercises in order to build the muscles around the joint.
Join your local gym and have a program adapted to your needs. Even if you have never ventured near a weights machine before, starting of with simple exercises will gradually improve muscle strength.
Low impact aerobic exercise to maintain weight and improve cardiovascular fitness.
Swim, bike, walk or find some alternative exercise which gets your heart pumping and improves your overall cardiovascular fitness. This will help to maintain a healthy body weight and put less pressure on problem joints.
Foods to Aid Joint Pain Relief
In addition to exercise another way to lessen joint pain is to be aware of the foods you eat. Here are six food sources which can aid in reducing joint inflammation.
Turmeric – This is a good anti-inflammatory spice with benefits that have been compared to hydrocortisone and Motrin.
Omega-3 fatty acids – These can be found in fish, or as a supplement at any health food shop or grocery store. Salmon is a good source of this.
Green Tea – Among other beneficial antioxidant properties this contains anti-inflammatory elements.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This aids to protect blood vessels from inflammation.
Broccoli and Cauliflower – Both contain anti-inflammatory
Sweet Potato – A good source of complex carbohydrate, beta-carotene vitamin B6 and C. Together these are powerful antioxidants that help to heal inflammation in the body.
In conclusion remember the saying “prevention is better than cure.” Aim to work toward a health diet and maintain a healthier way of living with daily exercise. Together this will reduce joint pain and aid in the prevention of future arthritis.