Natural Ways To Combat Joint Pain
Joint pain is a sadly common issue as we age. Our bodies simply begin to have issues with maintaining the areas and as a result we end up paying for it. There are plenty of things we can do to help minimize the potential for early joint pain, but once it settles in we often feel like we have few options beyond taking pain medication to help manage the problem. You’ve got more options than that. It is difficult to truly stop joint pain entirely, but proper care can help support your body’s natural ability to heal itself as well as appropriate maintenance of your joints. This will gradually help your body ease any pain that hasn’t been caused by an inflammatory condition setting up in your joints. Figuring out the appropriate kind of care to provide your body can feel a little daunting if you’ve never looked into it before. That’s why we’ve put together a few tips to help point you in a few good directions that should help you support your body and work towards minimizing joint pain.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Joint pain is the result of overall degradation in your joint, yes, but is chiefly caused by diminished cushioning for the joint to make the actual movements less painful. That’s the responsibility of collagen. You might be familiar with that name from your knowledge of skincare, but if you aren’t the quick summary is that collagen is one of the primary structural proteins of the body. It gets produced continually throughout your life and is used to keep your joints cushioned, your skin firm, and countless other uses throughout your body. The problem is that your body’s ability to produce it decreases with age. That makes ensuring that you’re getting a healthy diet crucial to fighting joint pain. Your body needs all the materials it can get to maintain what collagen production it can. This will minimize gradual loss and let your body replace what it can when it can. The end result will be less overall joint pain.
Work Out An Exercise Plan
You’re best served by talking to your doctor about this option. You need to devote yourself to weight management when you’re having joints issues. This is largely true when the pain is centered towards your knees and hips, but will help with other areas as well. Your body is only capable of handling so much weight at a given time and this, like the amount of collagen in your body, decreases as your age. Excess weight leads to consistent damage to the collagen in your joints by making it wear out even sooner. Talking to your doctor about joint friendly exercises can help you establish a routine that helps you eliminate unhealthy weight and reduces the strain on your joints. It is an all natural way to help improve the pain even if it won’t make it go away entirely. Combining this step with others can potentially reduce joint pain to barely noticeable levels when done correctly.
Get A Massage
As with most bodily pains, you can get a massage to help with joint pain. There are various options in this regard. You’ll need to figure out what serves your purpose best. Deep tissue massages can reach lower, but can potentially strain things if you’re not careful. We recommend seeking out a trained professional who offers joint work specifically as part of their massages. Most of the time this involves hitting major joints such as the knees and other load-bearings areas, but other major joints can be targeted as well by a skilled professional. Additionally, these massages sometimes include the use of hot and cold therapy or other techniques that can help manage and minimize joint pain to further improve your state. The main issue is finding the right place to perform the massage. Most urban areas will have access to broad enough services that you can find someone, but you may have trouble if you live in a more rural area.
We don’t always want to rely on medication when we’re experiencing pain. This is an entirely understandable perspective and frequently leads us to a situation where management of joint pain feels difficult or impossible at best. You have to work around the pain to properly manage it though. That means minimizing factors that support it and taking steps to control what pain is present. Diet, exercise, and extra care all play a role in providing for proper management. You simply need to make the commitment to them.