Do you struggle with bone and joint pain throughout your body? You’re not alone. Statistics indicate the number of people struggling with joint pain is actually on the rise.
Many turn to both prescription and over-the-counter drugs to manage their discomfort. However, you might not want to put yourself at risk of experiencing unwanted side effects or developing an addiction.
While it is important to listen to your doctor’s advice when they recommend a treatment plan, it may also be a good idea to consider alternative remedies. Coupled with direct access to physical therapy in NY or wherever is most convenient for you, these natural remedies can help you learn to manage your pain and live life to the fullest. The following are just a few ways you can reduce pain and inflammation in your body with natural or plant-based ingredients at home.
1. Hot & Cold Packs
In many instances, applying heat and cold to areas where you experience pain can relieve it. That’s because heat promotes blood flow and helps tissues relax. Cold, on the other hand, reduces inflammation. Try pairing the two treatments for maximum effect.
Start by applying a hot gel pack to a painful area. Leave it there for 20 minutes, then apply a cold pack for another 20 minutes. Doing this every day could significantly reduce your overall pain.
2. Stay Active
It’s understandable if you feel your pain makes it difficult to exercise. That said, you should still make a point of being active. Strengthening muscles helps protect bones and joints, while promoting weight loss, too. The less you weigh, the less pressure is exerted on your joints.
3. Try Collagen Supplements
Before taking any new supplement, speak with your doctor. You need to make sure it’s safe for you.
Luckily, you could benefit if they approve of collagen supplements. Collagen essentially serves as the body’s glue, binding tissues together. This is key to bone and joint health.
Remember, while it’s always necessary to get proper treatment, you don’t always need to rely on medication for your bone and joint pain. There are plenty of natural options you may want to try first. Give these a shot to see if they help.
4. Take an Epsom Salt Bath
Relieving pain can be a relaxing experience. All you have to do is add two cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath and soak in the water for 20 minutes. Many find this helps to reduce inflammation.
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5. Comfrey and Arnica Extracts
Both of these plant extracts have been shown to have powerful inflammatory benefits when applied to the skin. A 2013 study showed comfrey was successful in reducing pain, inflammation and swelling of muscles and joints in people with arthritis, sprains and contusions. A 2013 study found Arnica gel improves pain and function as well if not better as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen.
6. Inhale Eucalyptus Essential Oils
Eucalyptus contain compounds that help reduce joint inflammation both through topical application and through inhalation. A 2013 study found eucalyptus oil inhalation was effective in reducing patient’s subjective pain and blood pressure after undergoing total knee replacement surgery.
7. Eat the Right Foods
Eating the right foods can definitely help reduce your pain. Specifically, you want to adopt an anti-inflammatory diet. This includes eating foods such as oily fish, avocados, broccoli, nuts, and more.
Of course, eating the right foods is just part of the equation. It’s also important to avoid the wrong foods as much as possible. Try making a point of limiting processed foods, as well as any foods that contain added sugar.
8. Sip Turmeric Tea
Turmeric contains a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin which means it may decrease swelling and inflammation. In fact, its said to work by blocking inflammatory cytokines and enzymes, similar to the arthritis drug Celebrex.
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.