Are troublesome or painful joints keeping you from your favorite activities or exercises? In a National Survey, about one-third of adults say they experience joint pain within a 30 day cycle and joint issues only become more common as you get older (WebMD). Joint pain or discomfort is the result of injury in the tendons or ligaments surrounding the joint or can even be related to arthritis. Joint pain can also be associated with and bring about inflammation at the site of the pain. The ultimate goal of treatment is to reduce the pain and inflammation, and to preserve joint function (WebMD).
Inflammation is the body’s natural immunity defense to harmful stimuli. Once Inflammation begins, so does the healing process of that specific area (Medical News Today). Specifically, chemicals from the body’s white blood cells are released to protect your body from foreign substances and that in turn increase blood flow to the area. The increased number of inflammatory substances is what causes joint irritation and the swelling of the joint lining (WebMD). The diagram below shows how inflammation can cause swelling and may eventually lead to wearing down of the cartilage.
In order to combat your aching joints, we provided 6 essential steps that can prevent and help nullify the pain and get you back on track to engage in your favorite physical activities.
Stay Active and Exercise Regularly.
Staying active and being in motion can help prevent joint pain or stiffness. Minor exercise and properly warming up can make all the difference when dealing with joint support. Even if you are not engaged in vigorous physical activity, changing positions while sitting behind a desk at work, or while watching TV can maintain healthy joints. For those who exercise regularly, it is also important to remember to regulate your exercises to allow you to move within your joint pain limit and do not increase the pain or cause further injury. Also to remember is that with more regular exercise the stronger and more flexible your joints will become.
When you first start to feel pain in your joints, applying an ice pack to the affected area can do wonders to dull the pain. When cold temperatures are applied to the sore or painful area, it will reduce the blood flow to that area. When the blood flow is reduced, it will in return, reduce the swelling in that area. At the start of the pain, doctors will recommend to ice the affected area for approximately 15 minutes every hour or as often as you can throughout the day. The next day will require you to ice the area for 15 minutes about 4 to 5 times a day.
3. Diet Modifications
Avoiding inflammatory foods is a key step. Highly processed foods can result in an increase in inflammation in the body. High doses of gluten, trans fat, and sugars in food can all cause inflammation that will ultimately lead to more aching pain. Adjusting your diet to compensate for anti-inflammatory foods will provide the nutrients needed to prevent pain and build up your cartilage and ligaments that will support healthy joints.
Here’s an example of an anti-inflammatory diet plan:
Breakfast: 2 organic eggs cooked in 2 tsp. of butter with a half of a sweet potato and 1 cup of spinach.
Morning Snack: Half of an apple with 2 tbsp. of peanut butter and 2 oz. of nitrate-free deli meat.
Lunch: 4-6 oz. of grilled salmon, half-cup of wild rice with 1 cup of steamed vegetables and 2 tsp. of butter.
Afternoon Snack: 2 oz. chicken leg, 2 small tangerines and 16 almonds.
Dinner: 4-6 oz. of grass fed beef, half-cup of squash, and 2 cups of green beans sautéed in 2 tsp. of coconut oil.
(Nutritional Weight and Wellness)
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Warm or hot water therapy will ease the pressure on joints and muscles by stimulating blood flow. By taking a warm bath, a warm towel, or a heat pad and applying it to the affected area for 15 minutes for approximately 4-5 times a day can alleviate the pain. Alternative methods that proved successful (Dr. Axe, Food is Medicine) are using a hot and cold approach following one another. For example: Apply a heated pad to the affected area for 15-20 minutes and then immediately apply a cold ice pack for the same duration to bring relief. Another way to combat your joint pain and inflammation can be to run a warm bath with Epsom salts. The magnesium and other important sulfates will be absorbed throughout your body and will reduce inflammation and help you on the road to recovery.
Being overweight can put extra unwanted stress and strain on your joints and bones. We’re not saying that you have to completely change your body or get down to the ideal weight, but even the smallest amount of change in weight can make a huge difference. Having extra stress on your joints can also lead to accelerated bone degeneration over time. Finding a routine that will contribute to weight loss would be the ideal solution.
Another major issue with joint mobility is Arthritis
Arthritis is a chronic degenerative condition of the joints. There are two distinctive forms of arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (OA-RA). OA has no known cause but research has found that is related to aging and heredity. OA affects the joints in your body while RA is a chronic autoimmune disease with an unknown cause. In RA there is an inflammation of the joint lining. The joint lining becomes thick and interferes with joint mobility.
Arthritis is one of the most common reasons people give for limiting physical activity. Many people who have arthritis are less fit, weaker and less flexible and have more pain than necessary due to the complications of inactivity. Pain, stiffness, fatigue and the fear of doing harm can make it difficult to be physically active with arthritis. For the person with arthritis, however, an appropriate exercise program is very important.
Research shows that many people with arthritis can participate in a regular exercise regimen. One of the first things to think of is stretching. Gentle, low intensity exercises performed daily to maintain or improve range of motion are the foundation of most therapeutic exercise programs and also are important in recreational or fitness exercise.
Second, is strength and conditioning, these are more vigorous than flexibility exercises and are usually done every other day. They are designed to ask the muscle to work a bit harder than usual. This extra workload may come from lifting the weight of the arm, leg or trunk against gravity, or using weights, elastic bands, or weight machines for more resistance. Muscles adapt to the new demands by getting stronger and/or becoming capable of working longer to decrease pain in the joint.
Third, the most important, is cardiorespiratory exercise. These include activities that use the large muscles of the body in rhythmic and repetitive movements. Aerobic exercise improves heart, lung and muscle function. It is also the kind of exercise that has benefits for weight control, mood and general health. Examples of aerobic exercise are walking, swimming, aerobic dance, aquatic exercise, bicycling or exercising on equipment such as treadmills, rowing machines, Nordic track or elliptical trainers. Daily activities such as mowing the lawn, raking leaves, sweeping the driveway, playing golf or walking the dog are also aerobic exercise depending on the intensity level.
By utilizing aerobic exercise you start to build lean muscle tissue that will reduce excess pressure on the affected joints. Remember the best way to help relieve arthritis is to have comprehensive management (seeing a doctor, physical therapist, exercise physiologist, and the most appropriate nutrition etc).