5 home remedies to help relieve and treat joint pain
Once we hit our 40s, knee and joint pain can sometimes slow us down – even if we live an active lifestyle. It’s often the first sign that you may have cartilage wear and tear – the vital connective tissue that protects the end of your bones and helps to cushion your joints.
The good news is that there are many effective home remedies that can help to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Try these five simple treatments to not only reduce pain, but also minimise the risk of further damage:
1. Soak in a salt bath
Pour yourself a hot bath and feel those aches melt away. For extra pain relief, add a generous helping of Epsom salts – they contain magnesium sulfate, a mineral used for relieving the pain associated with swelling.1
2. Discover the magic of massage
Massage is an age-old technique for reducing joint pain. For instant relief on-the-go, try massaging the back of the knees with a tennis ball: simply nestle the ball behind your knee joint while in an upright, seated position, then contract and relax your muscle against the ball. Complete one set of ten on each knee.2
3. Switch between hot and cold
Applying hot and cold packs to stiff, painful joints can work wonders – particularly when you alternate between the two. Heat is most effective if the discomfort is as a result of inactivity and is great for improving mobility and pain relief: try taking a long hot shower or applying a heat pack or pad on the problem area for up to 20 minutes at a time. Cold packs are also particularly good for pain relief – place a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel on the affected area for no more than 20 minutes.
4. Get moving
Inactivity can lead to stiff muscles which may exacerbate knee pain, so it’s important to keep your joints active through regular exercise. Low to moderate intensity exercise will not only help with joint flexibility and mobility, but also strengthen and stretch the muscles that surround the knee joints. However, be mindful if certain types of exercise aggravate your knee pain and always ease back into your exercise routine after an injury. Read more about forms of exercise for supporting joint health here.
5. Rest and relaxation
Balancing regular exercise with adequate rest is essential for managing joint pain. Lack of sleep may contribute to inflammation in the body3, so it’s important to get a good night’s sleep to give your body the time to repair itself naturally. Additionally, if you favour high intensity workouts or strength training, make sure you allow time for rest and recovery to avoid overusing joints and prevent potential injury.
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Published September 1, 2017
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