Do you suffer from severe joint pain? Did you have an accident or injury that lead to joint and muscle pain? You might be suffering from arthritis, a condition that causes severe joint pain and is a cause of pain and suffering for many people. While some forms of arthritis may appear late on in life; there are some forms such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, that is not dependent on age, and could occur and spread rapidly at any point in life.
The two major types of arthritis that we are going to be discussing in this article are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is usually developed later in life, and spreads slowly from one side to another side, whereas, rheumatoid arthritis could develop at any time, because of autoimmune failure, i.e. body’s own immune system start attacking joints and muscles.
Despite the type, arthritis is painful, and sometimes even takes away the ability to perform normal tasks. In order to help ease the pain I am sharing some natural ways and also some foods that could ease the discomfort and pain of arthritis.
Massage is a relaxing exercise, and even if you are not suffering from arthritis, a massage could help you relax by releasing pressure and reducing stiffness in the body. Scientifically, research has also proven that gentle massage helps in reducing joint pains and stiffness. However, patients suffering from arthritis should be careful about the timing of massage, and should always consult a professional before undergoing any treatment.
2Acupuncture – a traditional form of Chinese healing treatment, is the process of inserting small and thin needles at specific points in body to stimulate nerves, tissues and muscles. It is also known to improve blood flow and activate natural painkillers in the body. Acupuncture could be employed to help relieve pressure from body and there are no known side-effects to it.
3Yoga is great for relieving stress and relaxation, and it is a practice that employs meditation through body poses and deep breathing. Specific yoga practices have been designed for people suffering from arthritis to help ease the pain.
4Weight Loss is a great way to prevent and reduce several problems our bodies could suffer from. If you are someone suffering from swollen joints, then gaining weight in that situation would put more pressure on the joints, and could cause more pain. Eat a balanced meal, however to relieve pressure on your joints try maintaining and losing weight in order to relieve pressure from swollen joints.
5Topical Gels. Massaging your legs and hands with Voltragel or Voltraen can help in stimulating sensory nerves in the skin, and causes the body to respond by reducing pain signals. You could consult your doctor for finding a topical gel that works best for you and use it to relieve pain.
6Tumeric contains Curcumin- a chemical that can help in reducing joint and muscle pain by blocking cytokines and inflammatory enzymes. Homemade turmeric pastes, and warm milk with turmeric can help in easing the pain caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
7Fish Oil. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which patients suffer from swollen joints, and fish oil contains Omega-3s, which blocks inflammatory prostaglandins and cytokines, and act as powerful anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body. Thus, fish oil intake, in the form of fish oil capsules or through diet is prescribed to patients with arthritis to help ease the pain.
8Ginger. Intake of foods with anti-inflammatory properties should be increased by people with arthritis, and Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties have been compared to ibuprofen or steroids. Thus, increasing ginger intake could help in easing arthritis pain, one way to do that could be having ginger tea once or twice a day.
9Increase Magnesium Intake – Magnesium is an essential element needed by our bodies to have strong muscles, but our bodies do not produce magnesium naturally, therefore, there is a need to increase intake of foods with high magnesium content; such as spinach, nuts, legumes and beans etc. Magnesium is essential for biochemical responses in our body, and thus, helps in muscle and nerve relaxation. Therefore, eating foods with high magnesium content or taking magnesium capsules could help in easing joint and muscle pain.
10Olive Oil contains oleocanthal, which contains anti-inflammatory enzymes similar to anti-inflammatory enzymes of aspirin. Thus, lubricating joints with olive oil can help in relieving joint pain. However, the oil should always be used cold, because heating it could destroy essential enzymes needed for easing pain.
Some of the ways or all of the ways mentioned above could be great in reducing pain, however it is always recommended to consult a professional before using any home remedies, all of the ways mentioned above to ease pain have no known side-effects, but sometimes during an active flare of pain, some methods could aggravate the pain instead of soothing it. Therefore, in order to prevent such instances, it is always recommended to consult a professional before trying anything new.
Moreover, a remedy that might have worked for one person might not work for someone else, so in order to find the best way, it is recommended to try different things and then use what works best for you, but in general you should keep a balanced nutrient rich diet and maintain your weight to prevent the pain from aggravating.