• Natural Ways to Help With Joint Pain

  • by Kristen Curzytek

When it comes to joint or muscle pain there are a lot of medicines on the market that promise to make the pain disappear. But you don’t have to rely on medicine to help with pain. There are many natural ways to help reduce your joint pain. Below are some of the best natural ways to deal with joint pain.

Massage – Massage therapy is good for deep tissue pain. Any kind of muscle or joint pain and see instant pain relief after just one massage session. If you decide to go the route of a massage therapist you want to make sure the massage therapist is a licensed therapist.  

Ice therapy– Some people say hot therapy is the best for pain. Others rely on cold therapy to help with pain. So which one is best? It’s not really about which one is best; it is about what kind of pain you have. If you have a recent injury that has happened in the last 48 hours and is still very swollen, then ice is the way to go. Ice helps to reduce swelling and also helps inflammation.

Heat therapy – Heat therapy is used for chronic conditions to help relax and loosen tissues and to get blood flow to the area of the pain. Heat treatment should not be used after activity and should not be used on a severe injury. A heating pad is one of the best tools to use for heat therapy. Remember to only use heat therapy for a max of 15 minutes, take it off for 15 minutes and then you can replace the heat for another 15 minutes. The same method should be used when using ice therapy.

Moist heat – A heating pad and a damp wash cloth is a great combo to deal with joint pain. But remember that heat should only be used on a minor pain and not on a severe injury.

Rest – The best thing for joint pain, rest. Resting minimizes further irritation and inflammation to the areas of your body that are feeling pain. Resting and elevating the muscle or joint that is causing you problems can help reduce the feeling of pain quicker.

Exercise – Rest is the best thing for joint pain, exercise is just as important because it keeps you working your joints. When you reduce your physical activity over a long period of time and then over extend yourself, you can cause an injury or make joint pain worse. Keeping fit with low impact exercises like biking, swimming or walking can help keep your body in shape and reduce joint pain for happening in the first place.

Weight – Most people who end up with joint pain are overweight.  Losing weight and getting down to a normal weight for your height can help relieve stress on your joints and your whole body.

Herbal supplements – Vitamin D and calcium are obvious supplement that help with joints.  Other supplements that help joint pain are glucosamine, ginger, turmeric and Tasna are all known to help reduce joint pain and even heal joints.

Joint pain should not get in the way of you living your life to the fullest. Just remember before starting any joint pain therapy, be sure to check with your doctor. Hopefully these tips can help you and your joint pain so you can do the things you really want to in life!

Do you have any tips for dealing with joint pain?

Kristen Curzytek is a writer for the One Reverse Mortgage blog. One Reverse Mortgage is the largest reverse-only mortgage lender in America