Our bodies are made to move. Regular exercise and healthy physical activities lower stress, increase strength, improve our cardiovascular health, and reduce inflammation.
But while exercise is crucial for our physical and mental health, occasionally some pain and discomfort in our joints may appear, especially as we get older. Depending on what’s causing the joint pain, the typical symptoms include swelling, tenderness, and pain ranging from dull aches to sharp pangs.
Physical medicine practices use non-invasive techniques to address the root cause of pain in our bodies and utilizes a combination of exercises and gentle physical manipulations to eliminate the pain and discomfort we are feeling. But there are some simple home remedies that may be helpful as well.
It may sound counterintuitive to engage in physical activity if you’re feeling pain in your joints, but movement will help increase blood and oxygen flow to the area and aid in reducing inflammation, as Dr. Austin Mennen at Sycamore Integrated Health explains. “If you aren’t moving the joint, it’s not getting the fluid it needs! The affected area needs strength and stability in order to continue the healing process and to restore proper function.”
Remedies For Pain Relief
An Epsom salt soak can be effective in reducing the initial levels of discomfort, though it may not completely fix the underlying cause.
Heat and ice are effective in this role as well. “Alternating heat and cold has great benefits,” Dr. Mennen says. “We often recommend sticking to cold if you are having traveling nerve-style pain. If you want to take it up a notch, alternating between hot and cold shower water, 30 seconds each for about a half dozen rounds, is a great method. Make sure to always end with the cold source.”
Stretch and Stay Warm
Stretching before any physical activity helps to increase your range of motion and joint fluidity. It also increases blood flow throughout your body and helps your muscles warm up, so they are ready to engage correctly. Dressing warmly will also help keep the body temperature up which will help your joints move better.
Your diet can also play a significant role in reducing joint pain at home.
“Eliminate processed foods, trans fats and added sugars. Replace those with inflammation-controlling foods like broccoli, walnuts, pineapple and salmon,” Dr. Mennen suggests.
These are just a few simple ways you can reduce pain in your joints in the comfort of your home. For more information or questions on how integrated health practices can help eliminate pain and discomfort, visit www.sycamoreintegratedhealth.com or call 815-895-3354.
Sycamore Integrated Health
920 W Prairie Dr STE J
Sycamore, IL 60178