Whether you are suffering from arthritis, have been injured, are suffering from a cold or flu, or are feeling the effects of general wear and tear on your body, you may not be keen on pumping medication into your body. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can reduce and prevent painful joints and muscles. It is always best to consult with a medical professional if in any doubt about a new treatment or making a lifestyle change. Still, this guide provides some helpful hints and tips on how to soothe aching joints and muscles naturally, i.e., without using pain medication.
Regular exercise will lead to stronger muscles and joints and causes the brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for the happy, calm feeling we experience after exercise and can help to reduce pain. Walking and swimming are ideal exercises for people with aching joints as they are low impact. If you are very restricted in your movement, some simple stretch exercises will help too.
Improve the quality of your sleep
Sleep is essential when we are injured as it is while we are sleeping that our body does much of its healing and cell regeneration. Your bedroom should be free from clutter and technology, cool in temperature and dark. Try to stick to a regular schedule for sleep. In addition, a poor-quality bed setup can lead to aching joints and muscles if it does not provide adequate support. If it is time to upgrade your bed, you can order a supportive foam bed in a box so that it will be delivered to your home.
Applying heat to a painful muscle or joint can be beneficial as is increases blood flow to the area, distracts the brain from the pain signals being sent by the nerves and loosens joints. Heat can be applied with a hot water bottle, hot bath, electric, or microwaveable gel heat pad.
Apply a cold compress
Inflamed joints can also be soothed by applying a cold compress to the affected area. This reduces inflammation and slows down nerve function, interrupting pain signals being sent to the brain.
Try to stay social
Studies have shown that people who lead busier lives and have more extensive social networks are less likely to feel that pain interferes with their daily life. If you are feeling isolated, consider joining a group or club to make some new friends. If you are limited in what you can do physically, there are lots of ways to stay busy and connected via online groups. Read more in How to Make Friends Online.
Take curcumin supplements
Turmeric root has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties as it includes curcumin. While there is an argument that turmeric can reduce inflammation, many advise pure curcumin supplements are more effective. It is essential to check with your doctor before adding supplements to your diet.
Acupuncture can be helpful for people suffering from chronic pain. It is an ancient Chinese healing technique that involves strategically inserting fine needles into the skin. Some practitioners believe that treatment balances the flow of energy through the body. In contrast, others (mainly Western practitioners) believe the needles stimulate muscles and nerves while prompting the body to release natural painkilling hormones.
In addition to being a relaxing and pleasurable experience, therapeutic massage can be beneficial for aching joints and muscles. Massaging can relieve tension, increase blood flow, and relieve stress.