If you’re like me, you might often suffer from joint pain and stiffness. While sometimes it’s easy to bear the pain, other times it can be too excruciating to deal with. Thankfully though, there are a few ways you can improve your joint pain and stiffness.

Exercise (just keep moving)

I know, exercising is the last thing you probably want to do when you’re in pain. But exercising (aka moving your body), surprisingly, can help relieve a lot of pain and stiffness in your joints because you’re moving them and keeping them active.

Exercising doesn’t have to be hard. Some simple joint pain and stiffness movements include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Water aerobics
  • Pilates

These easy exercises will not only help you to stay active, but keep your joints healthy.

Try hot and cold

Another option you can try is hot and cold therapy. By applying hot or cold items, your joints can start to feel better.

Heat therapy helps to warm up your muscles, making this perfect if you need to walk around or plan to exercise. It also prevents muscle spasms thanks to it soothing the area.
On the other hand, cold therapy prevents swelling, inflammation, and pain. If you have aching joints every day, cold therapy is often the best choice because it works quickly.

Add some turmeric to your meals

Turmeric is an incredible superfood that is known for its many healing properties. In fact, it’s even used in treatments for arthritis as it helps with reducing inflammation. We often tend to overlook it, but it’s a very powerful spice that can help to keep your joints healthy and flexible. You can take some turmeric supplements or try to sprinkle a bit of it over your food.

Get a massage

A massage is a great way to relax while getting relief for your joint pain and stiffness. You’ll find it not only helps to release tension, but can make your joints a bit more flexible which can stop any stiffness you might be having. You can sign up to have a calming session with a professional or try some massages out yourself. This includes making gentle circular motions around the area where you’re having pain and stiffness. You can also invest in a rubber therapy ball which can massage various joints around your body.


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Try acupuncture

We often view acupuncture as some scary medical technique that uses long needles that are poked everywhere on your skin. While needles are necessary, acupuncture is painless. Better yet, it can help to eliminate your joint pain and stiffness. This is because it works with the body’s meridians which is where most of the blood circulation is located. Acupuncture will not only help to stop pain, but reduce and prevent inflammation eventually leading to less joint pain and stiffness in the future.

Consider supplements

Another way to find relief from this problem is to consider using supplements. Many are made of natural ingredients, so if you’re like me, you’ll feel better taking them because of this. Some of the best supplements to consider using for joint pain and stiffness include:

 

  • Gingko – helps with promoting circulation in the body
  • Stinging nettle – reduces inflammation
  • Fish oil – prevents stiffness and inflammation leading to better flexibility
  • Bromelain – stop swelling and promotes better movement in the knees

These supplements not only help to stop inflammation, but can even work with other parts of the body to keep them healthy, like your heart, skin, and liver.

If you’re looking for a way to help improve joint pain and stiffness, definitely keep these tips in mind. They’re not only easy to do, but provide incredible relief.

References

www.arthritis.org
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
www.mayoclinic.org


Author: Dr. Wells, DC

Dr. Brent Wells founded Better Health Chiropractor Anchorage in 1998 and is one of the many chiropractors that work to help patients find relief for their pain. His practice has numerous locations throughout Alaska which not only provide chiropractic care, but many other helpful services as well, such as massage therapy. Dr. Wells attended both the University of Nevada and Western States Chiropractic College. He is also a proud member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians and American Chiropractic Association.


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