As the body ages, joint pain becomes more common. Cartilage wears thin and arthritis begins to set in before we know it. Soon, we are experiencing painful joints and the only thing on our mind is joint pain relief. Here are some ideas that may bring that sought after relief.
Use cold packs or hot packs for relief.
Although you may not like the sound of it, many people find relief through the use of ice packs. A plastic zipper bag is filled with ice, wrapped in a towel and placed on the joint. After only a few minutes the joint becomes numb and allows a freedom of movement that helps to free up the joint and allow it to move with less pain. One warning, do not keep the ice pack on the joint for more than fifteen minutes.
Heat is also helpful in bringing relief to a sore joint. A heating pad or hot water bottle can bring relief to sore joints. Heat increases the circulation, thus the fluid from a swollen joint can be removed by the blood stream and filtered out by the kidneys. Do not leave a heating appliance on a joint while sleeping or you may be burned.
Some joint pain sufferers find that the grain filled small pillows that can be heated in the microwave are useful in treating joint pain. The can be shaped to the joint and will not cause a burn if the sufferer suddenly dozes off.
Persons having a hot tub available can try a fifteen minute soak at night as well as in the morning. At night, you may become relaxed enough to get the sleep needed for your body to restore sore joints. In the morning, you can get relief needed to get your body moving again for the day.
A remedy that has been used for years includes the heating creams and gels. These have a dual effect. The heat provided does help with temporary relief, while the massaging in of the cream helps with circulation to the joint which reduces swelling.
Be sure that you keep your joints moving, even though movement may cause pain. The worst thing you can do is allow a joint to become inactive. Movement increases blood flow which allows relief of swelling. One way to keep moving is to join a gym which offers warm water aerobic exercises. These exercises are low impact aerobics that have the added benefit of a warm water pool. The warmth, as discussed above helps the joints to feel better and the water supports your body. People who are unable to do exercises in other ways can often take part in this type of exercise class.
Although in pill form, glucosamine is not a drug. This natural supplement contains the materials the body needs to actually build new cartilage. While not giving immediate results, this treatment may give you relief over time.
No one enjoys suffering. If these methods do not bring joint pain relief, you should see your doctor.