Joint Pain

Natural Home Remedies For Joint Pain

Joint pain is one of the most common complaints I hear, and it’s no real coincidence that people often feel more joint pain with age.  Age doesn’t have to be painful, and as a corrective exercise specialist myself, it irks me to no end that pain, disease, and disability are so accepted with age when it is far from being a natural necessity.  There are many things that can be done for long term solutions to joint pain, even after wear and damage has been done from years of over or miss-use but in this article we’re going to look at some of the things we can do right now to help relieve joint pain.

 

Herbs and Food

  • Some of the best natural remedies for joint pain are conveniently and deliciously food or herb based.  Onions are a sadly over looked and undervalued super food which is also one of the most powerful therapeutic herbs out there.  They are seriously anti-inflammatory, with inflammation being a major cause of pain, especially joint pain.  Onions also contain a compound that inhibits the enzymes that triggers pain signals, to the point where fresh onions have been shown in studies to have a pain fighting effect similar to morphine.  Garlic is another delicious anti-inflammatory herb, and it can be put on practically everything in large amounts!  The smell will grow on you with time for both.
  • There are many additional herbs and foods that also have anti-inflammatory properties, and simply cannot be overlooked in helping symptoms of pain, especially joint pain.  Boswellia is an ancient traditional herb from India, which has shown in research studies to inhibit many of the main inflammatory compounds that cause the breakdown of cartilage.  India has also supplied us with both curcumin (derived from turmeric) and ginger, with are both serious inflammation fighters, helping reduce both pain and stiffness, as well as offering lots of other benefits from improving immunity to protecting the brain against cognitive decline.
  • Pineapple and cherries are both delicious and effective pain fighters, both targeting inflammation and helping with other kinds of pain.  A chemical in pineapples, bromelain, helps lower bruising, swelling, as well as speeding up healing time and lowering pain.  Cherries have compounds that specifically target muscle tissues with strong pain fighting, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant capabilities.  These fruits, especially cherries, have been found to be effective as well as a safer treatment than over the counter pain medications.
  • Another vital step in the anti-inflammatory campaign is sulfur.  This element is a very important part of our health but through decades of soil depletion where major farms are only fertilizing with a few major elements used for plant health instead of a fuller spectrum needed for fully nutritious growth.  The MSM form of sulfur helps soothe joints by making the cells of cartilage in our joints more pliable, which helps nutrients flow in and harmful compounds flow out.  This decreases wear and speeds up regeneration and repair.
  • There are many compounds that can help support the soft tissue in our joints that we need for pain free mobility and the safe use of our limbs.  This tissue can be damaged over time, or can have other problems that lead to a lot of joint pain.  Carrots are one traditional remedy within Chinese medicine for aching joints.  One easy and enjoyable method is to grade a carrot and squeeze lemon juice over it.  Whether raw or steamed, enjoy the flavor, the nutrition, and the ligament supporting benefits.

Other Methods

Outside of foods and herbs, there are also many other techniques to help soothe joint pain.  Many people feel a bit more soreness or pain after having an active day, or exercising, and so they minimize activity and stop there.  The fact is that most of our joints are surrounded by something called a synovial sack.  This is a membrane that is part of the joint and they require movement to help stay pliable and move nutrients in and waste out.  Regular exercise is thereby a vital element of joint health and avoiding joint pain.

Make sure to start slow, and try not to do too many repetitive actions as the foundation for your exercise, keep it varied.  Also, a vital rule to follow is to watch joint pain!  If it feels like you may be injuring yourself, take it easy.  Muscle pain happens as the muscles fatigue while you work them, but if your joints are hurting much you should take it easy and seek the advice of a physical therapist or appropriately experienced personal trainer to make sure you are not causing further problems for your joints.  Yoga and tai chi are near miraculous in their ability to help lessen joint pain in the short and long term.  Do expect some discomfort to start though, but it should go away before long.Lastly, simply massaging the joint and the musculature around it can be a real help in easing tension on the joints that may be contributing to much of the pain we experience.  Much of the cause of joint pain is from imbalanced tension in the muscles around the joint, and a massage therapist or another soft tissue manipulator may help put the tension back in balance and relieve both the pain and a potential cause for the problem.

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