Home remedies Joint pains

An Overview

Joint pain is one of the most commonly reported health condition, with one in five adults of 18-44 years of age, 30% of adults between 45-64 years, and about half of the adults aged 65-74 years and over suffering from this discomfort. The pain may emanate from tendons or bursae surrounding the joint, or ligaments, cartilage, and bone within the joint itself. It may represent joint inflammation as well. The cause of this for many people comes in the form of arthritis, or the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, stereo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways. Stereo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone.

1. Massage the Affected Area:

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reports that when done by a trained professional, massage can help control pain, increase joint motion, and improve muscle and tendon flexibility.[6]
Moreover, massage therapy helps relieve joint pain by improving circulation and soothing inflammation.
A study presented at the American Massage Therapy Association National Convention reports that therapeutic massage can work as a conjunctive treatment to alleviate joint pain and positively affect the physiological systems of RA patients by attenuating the deteriorating effects of the disease.

2. Epsom salt soak:

Epsom salt contains magnesium sulfate which sounds kind of scary, but it’s really quite a wonderful substance. A naturally occurring mineral, magnesium sulfate has been used to get relief from pain for years, namely because of its high levels of magnesium (more on magnesium below.)

-1/2 cup of Epsom salt
-A large bowl
-Warm water
Directions
Fill a large bowl with warm water and add ½ cup of Epsom salt. Stir it around, and then submerge your sore joints in the liquid. If you are experiencing pain in a less convenient place to soak, such as your knees, try taking a bath with Epsom salts.

3. Apply Hot and Cold Compresses:

Alternating hot and cold compresses can also help ease joint pain. Heat therapy helps decrease pain, increase blood flow and relax sore muscles and joints. Cold therapy, on the other hand, reduces inflammation and numbs the areas around the affected joint.
1. Take some ice cubes and a hot water bottle.
2. Wrap both compresses in separate towels before using them. They should not be applied directly to the skin.
3. Place the hot compress on the affected area for about three minutes.
4. Remove the compress and immediately put a cold compress in its place for about one minute.
5. Repeat the process for 15 to 20 minutes, a few times daily until you get relief.

4. Get more magnesium (seriously):

Magnesium is something our bodies need, but we can’t make it ourselves. It is used in over 300 different biomechanical responses in our body. It relaxes all our muscles and nerve endings, relieving stiffness and pain. It is even part of what makes our heart beat. Not only does it relax muscles and ease pain (this goes for arthritis pain too, of course) it helps bones to mineralize.

5. Drink Turmeric Milk:

Turmeric is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy for joint pain. It contains an active ingredient called curcumin with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These findings were further corroborated by a 2014 study published in Clinical Interventions in Aging,which found the therapeutic effect of curcumin extracts comparable to that of ibuprofen in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.[12]
• Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a little honey in a glass of warm milk. Drink it daily, at least for a few days.
• Another option is to take 250 to 500 mg turmeric capsules three times daily until the pain begins to subside, and you are satisfied with the results.

6. A Cup of Ginger Tea:

Ginger is an excellent natural remedy for muscle and joint pain, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Several research studies have highlighted its benefits on pain and inflammation.
• Drink ginger tea, or include fresh ginger root or dried ginger powder in your daily diet. To prepare ginger tea, cut up a small piece of ginger root, boil it in a cup of water for 10 minutes and strain it. To improve the taste, you can sweeten it with honey.
• Another option is to mix equal amounts of ginger, turmeric and fenugreek powder. Take one teaspoon of this mixture daily in the morning and evening until you are satisfied with the results.

7. Exercise:

When it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. As unpleasant as it may sound though, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis. Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) strengthens the muscles that support the joint, even when the cartilage is thinning, and lubricates the joints, allowing them to move more freely.

8. Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil Blend:

Peppermint and eucalyptus don’t change the course of the arthritis itself, but they do have analgesic, or pain-relieving, properties. The cooling sensation that they produce can temporarily override your discomfort, and create a soothing sensation that can ease the pain of arthritis. contains a compound called capsaicin with natural analgesic or pain-relieving properties and, hence, is very effective in the treatment of joint pain.

9. Pectin & Grape Juice:

Pectin is a water soluble carbohydrate substance found in the cell walls of plants, where it helps keep cell walls together, and gives fruit firmness as it ripens. It is extracted from fruit to use as a setting in jams and jellies, and has become popular as a home remedy for arthritis when combined with grape juice.

10. Fenugreek seeds:

Soak 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds overnight. Strain and consume the water. Blend the seeds in a blender and apply the paste on the affected knee.

11. Omega 3 fatty acids rich diet:

Diet makes a lot of difference in managing pain. Studies have shown that Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and play a role in regulating the immune system.

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