Pain isn’t something you can easily manage. But these simple tips can help you alleviate or even completely relieve joint pain at home.
Joint pain can affect any, regardless of age or activity level. At any one time, more than 5% of the general population is affected by a painful TMJ disorder and 22% of the population will, on average, have arthritis.
Even today with all modern medicine has to offer, there is little that can be done to quickly and easily solve these problems.
What you can do is manage the pain, support the joints causing you pain, and develop more muscle to help soften the daily impact activity has on your bones.
How To Easily Relieve Joint Pain
Here are a few useful tips to relieve joint pain and live a pain-free life:
1. Strengthen Your Supportive Muscles
A low-impact exercise routine also enables you to develop muscles that will support your joints and help you keep your balance in everyday activities.
Over time, these muscles will begin to do more of the work, putting less stress on your bones and joints. These muscles will also help protect the joint, resulting in less painful inflammation overall.
Exercising regularly also helps you maintain healthy body weight. The less you weight, within a healthy range, the less stress there is on your joints.
2. Stretch To Improve Your Mobility
In addition to exercise, you can stretch to improve your general mobility. This also helps keep your joints moving as well as lubricated.
This helps you maintain your full range of motion and may save your arthritis from getting worse over time as quickly as it might if you didn’t stay active.
New stretches and stretches that help with a specific joint or arthritis problem are something your physician should be able to teach you. If they aren’t sure what advice to offer, they may refer you to a physical therapist.
In addition to helping you develop a stretching and exercise routine that will support your joint health, there is also physical therapy for sciatic nerve pain and other conditions that may be co-morbid with your joint pain.
3. Use Relaxation Techniques And Massage
Relaxation techniques, such as meditation, can help you naturally manage and relieve joint pain. Massage can work in much the same way, but actively.
Further, some massage can operate similarly to stretching, especially for those with a limited range of motion.
4. Use Hot And Cold To Relieve Pain And Inflammation
If inflammation is keeping you from doing the things you want to do, consider using hot or cold compresses or soaking in a hot or cold bath.
The pain relief won’t be permanent, but it can help you get ahead of things on a particularly bad day.
5. Choose Supportive Clothing And Footwear
Though some things may make you feel better now, they’ll cause more trouble for you down the line.
For example, many people with arthritis of the knee found that flip-flops and thin sandals provide a small amount of temporary relief. However, shoes like these that lack support can cause arches to fall and muscles to struggle in the long term.
Likewise, braces can provide a little relief, but help reduce the overall range of motion and support muscle atrophy in certain areas. That’s not something anyone wants.
You can still choose soft, supportive footwear or even compression stockings. These support your efforts and provide similar relief, leading to less pain over time.
As you can see, there are a few things you can do on your own to relieve joint pain. Whatever you want to do next, make sure to ask for your doctor’s advice beforehand.