Today’s post is by Katleen Brown.
Joint pain is a problem that many people face on a daily basis. Not only can this condition be painful, but it can also cause limitation in a person’s natural abilities and may even impair an affected individual’s ability to perform certain day-to-day activities, such as washing the dishes, typing out an e-mail or making a simple cup of coffee. While these activities may seem natural to many people, a person who experiences severe joint pain can confess that the tasks become much harder and even painful when the symptoms start to flare up.
The number one cause for joint pain is a disease known as arthritis. This term actually refers to more than 100 different types of diseases that affect the body’s joints, with the most common types being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as gout, psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that around 22.7%, or 54.4 million, of the adult population in the United States have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. They also report that, at the rate at which the disease is currently being diagnoses and by considering the rising trend in the prevalence of arthritis, as much as 78 million American may be diagnosed with arthritis by the year 2040.
Dealing with Joint Pain… Naturally
Joint pain can be treated in many ways. If you visit a physician and complain about joint pain, they will most likely prescribe a series of NSAIDs for you. Painkillers and muscle relaxants can also be combined with NSAIDs in more severe cases as they can help to further reduce the pain and stiffness, as reported by WebMD. The most common types of NSAIDs that are used for joint pain, especially when the patient has a form of arthritis, includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fenoprofen, Celecoxib and Diclofenac. Unfortunately, these medications can cause unpleasant side-effects, such as constipation and diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness and a loss of appetite. Some of these drugs can also lead to ulcers, kidney problems and excessive bleeding. The following tips and techniques can be used as alternative remedies to reduce joint pain and increase joint mobility without being at risk of these side-effects.
Exercise Relieves Pain And Improves Flexibility
Physical exercise on a regular basis can be very beneficial if you experience joint pain frequently. Even patients who have been diagnosed with arthritis can benefit greatly from exercising. Mayo Clinic explains that regular physical activity can help the muscles that surround joints become stronger, support your balance and help you maintain the strength of your bones. Physical exercise can also increase your energy (individuals with arthritis often feel weak and experience fatigue) and reduce your bodyweight if you are overweight (excess weight puts more pressure on your joints, which can lead to more pain).
Epsom Salts And Some Water
An Epsom salts bath is an age-old folk remedy. Epsom salt was originally produced in the springs located in Epsom, England. Even though the name includes the word “salt”, the substance isn’t really a type of salt. It is actually a mineral compound that consists of magnesium, as well as sulfate. There are many uses for Epsom salts. People use it to relax, to improve blood circulation, to regulate their blood sugar levels and even to treat constipation. Epsom salts are also often recommended to individuals who experience muscle aches and joint pain. It is reported that Epsom salts can also reduce inflammation, which is beneficial for individuals who experience pain and reduced flexibility in their joints.
Scientists and medical experts have discovered that many herbal plant extracts, spices and nutrients have medicinal properties that can reduce inflammation, inhibit pain receptors and even help to relief painful symptoms experienced by patients with arthritis. One of the most powerful natural substances is Turmeric, which is a spice that is used in curry and many other dishes. Apart from Turmeric, other compounds can also be used, such as Ginger, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Dandelion Leaves, White Willow Tea, and Peppermint oil. Supplements that contain a combination of vitamins, amino acids, botanical extracts and minerals can also be used. One example is Flexoplex, which contains Methylsulfonylmethane, Cat’s Claw Bark Powder, Hyaluronic Acid, Bromelain and Trypsin – all of which are naturally extracted chemical compounds that provide a relief in joint pain, increases joint flexibility and even protects joints and bones from breaking down in patients with arthritis.
Joint pain can be discomforting and interfere with your ability to perform tasks that you are usually able to perform. It can also have an adverse impact on your productivity at work. Fortunately, joint pain can be effectively treated. While the most common treatment option is medication, you should consider natural alternatives, combined with regular exercise, to experience a relief in these symptoms without the development of side-effect caused by medication.
Katleen Brown is a health, beauty and fitness writer. She loves to publish her articles on various health related websites. In her spare time, likes to do research to bring awareness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and outlook, she helps empower women to tune into their innate & inner wisdom to transform their health and truly flourish. Get in touch with her on Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.