Joint pain can result from injury, disease or from post-surgery issues, striking any joint in the body. Whatever the cause, the effects are painful and debilitating. It affects the quality of life due to problems with movement and sleeping, and the inability to do many of the things we take for granted. Mild pain sometimes affects our joints and the use of over-the-counter painkillers is good over a short duration. The more serious joint pains from sports injuries, post-surgery complications or bone fractures all require a different approach.
Pain is the Name of The Game
Do you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia or other joint pains? Perhaps you partake in road running or other athletic events, and sometimes feel joint pain while exercising. If so, a few sessions of localized cryotherapy applied to the affected joint can beat your pain and help you to return to your normal fitness levels. You could also consider these 5 natural ways to reduce joint pain:
1. Listen to your body – tune in to what your body is trying to message to your brain during an extensive workout, and respond accordingly. Ramp it up gradually rather than trying to beat the world record on your first outing.
2. Did you know that Proteolytic Enzymes help ward off inflation or reduce it naturally if you already suffer joint pain? Recent research indicates that athletes suffering anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries managed to slash their recovery time by half. The secret is in taking proteolytic enzyme supplements. Eating pineapple cores is good too, because they are rich in bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme.
3. We should all know Omega-3 is naturally rich in fatty acids, which help the body control inflammation. Dairy products, wild salmon, grain-fed beef are naturally rich in Omega-3. You can also top up with walnuts, chia, and flax seeds.
4. Certain herbs, such as boswellia, ginger and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties and are good for reducing inflammation anywhere in the body. They are excellent as taste enhancers in foods such as curries. You can also take them in supplement form.
5. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium assist the body fight inflammation. Taking sodium helps supply nutrients and water to the body cells, while potassium assists in flushing toxins and other wastes out of cells. Research indicates the average American takes in less than a tenth of the required potassium amount, which can lead to unwanted joint swelling and pain.
Something else that can lead to severe joint pain over time is wearing the wrong training shoes. When you think about it, your feet are taking a pounding while you are running, and this stress transmits to other joints readily. It is certainly worth researching and investing in the best footwear when taking up serious road running, or competing in athletics events.
Chill to Reduce Joint Pain
For most suffering from joint pain at a chronic level, medication becomes a less viable option over time. Finding natural ways of relieving pain and treating inflammation is a better option to protect the body in the long term.
Are you suffering from joint pain and pills don’t do the trick anymore? Try cryotherapy.
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