While some pains are easy to handle, joint pain and knee is frustrating because it can be difficult to even sit comfortably while watching TV or reading a book. When standing, it gets even worse with throbbing and grinding. Sometimes, we just want to shout from the rooftops that ‘everything hurts’ and we want the pain to go away.
When you visit a doctor, they’ll offer medication but the problem with this is that it masks the pain as opposed to treating the underlying issue of joint pain. Soon enough, the medication wears off and you’re back to where you started.
Instead, we believe in natural methods of relieving joint pain. This way, you get the same relief but without the side effects and reliance upon drugs. Let’s take a look!
1. Benefits of Yoga and Tai Chi for Knee and Joint Pain
This might seem counter-intuitive, but we urge you not to click away just yet. When you rest too much, the muscles weaken and the whole area degenerates as a result of the pain and inflammation. Rather than training for a marathon or doing anything too strenuous, nursing the joint through pain with something like yoga or tai chi will work wonders.
With a focus on mind-body connection, you’ll enjoy the mental benefit with these activities too.
2.RICE Method for Joint Pain
In between yoga sessions, take advantage of the traditional RICE process to reduce inflammation and soothe the join pain. The process goes as follows;
After resting the joint, you can prevent a buildup of fluids (and more swelling) by keeping the joint elevated above the heart. Twice a day, reduce inflammation and numb the area with a cold compress. Of course, you aren’t looking to cut blood supply to the area but provide enough pressure to prevent the swelling from returning.
3. Willow Bark
Full to the brim with salicin, a component that converts in the body to salicylic acid, willow bark has garnered all sorts of nicknames over the years including ‘nature’s aspirin’. With limited side effects, willow bark has been used for over 4,000 years and the studies into the bark have so far been positive for pain relief.
If you take blood thinners or have an allergy to aspirin, we recommend taking advantage of one of our other options in this list. If not, you’ll find willow bark in teas, capsules, and tinctures (or you can just chew on the bark!).
4. Weight Loss
Easier said than done but losing weight will reduce the burden on your joints thus reducing joint pain and discomfort. Especially where arthritis is concerned, many foods will worsen your joint pain so try to alter your diet and start on a journey towards a healthier lifestyle. To reduce inflammation, for example, whole foods will be perfect.
5. Herbal Ointment
Finally, as long as you aren’t sensitive to salicylate, pain relief creams with this ingredient can be effective. Alternatively, a study in Pakistan recently discovered the effectiveness of herbal ointments. With an ability to control joint pain somewhat, one ointment used Arabic gum, cinnamon, sesame oil, and ginger.
If you suffer from pain on outside of knee and joint pain, why not try one of these natural treatment methods rather than relying on medication? In fact, you can combine these tips and really take control of your treatment. Considering there’s no side effects and they’re completely natural solutions, you have nothing to lose!
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