According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are approximately 54 million Americans suffering from some of form of joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common joint condition, which is typically caused by aging, wear-and-tear on the joints, joint conditions, injuries, weight gain, and health conditions. While any joint in the body can be affected, arthritis and other joint problems often affect the hands, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles, causing pain, inflammation, limited use, and reduced range of motion. Along with the chiropractic care patients receive at our DMR Clinic in Woodbury, there are many effective ways to manage their joint pain at home. If you suffer from joint pain and want to find long-lasting relief, give Hopkins Health and Wellness call to schedule a chiropractic adjustment in Woodbury. In the meantime, here are four ways to relieve joint pain at home.
Four Ways to Relieve Joint Pain
Use Topical Pain Relievers
Topical pain relievers can effectively relieve pain temporarily. While many over-the-counter pain-relieving creams, lotions, and ointments, such as a BenGay and Tiger Balm can provide relief, there are stronger formulas used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapist. These include pain relievers like BioFreeze and Sombra. Applying these to sore, swollen joints can relieve pain and inflammation.
Essential oils are derived from plants, herbs, and other natural ingredients with healing properties. Lavender, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, and basil oils are age-old remedies for relieving joint and muscle pain and reducing inflammation. Try rubbing a pain relieving essential oil on your sore, stiff, inflamed joints to find relief. You can even add 10-15 drops to a nice hot bath to soak your aching joints.
Wear the Right Shoes
Wearing shoes with proper ankle, heal, and arch supports can reduce stress on the knees and ankles. Wearing flat shoes and high-heels can cause your knees to work harder to support your balance. What’s more, these types of shoes offer no shock absorbing cushioning to protect and support your knees. If you prefer to wear flat shoes and heels, consider getting orthotics or wearing supportive inserts in your shoes for cushioning.
Hot and Cold Packs
Using heating pads and ice packs can relieve joint pain, providing temporary relief for tension, pain, and inflammation. It’s important to keep in mind that using heat can cause or aggravate inflammation, especially injuries like sprains and strains. Heat can also soothe aching muscles, especially during the fall and winter months when joints often become stiffer due to the drop in temperatures. Practice caution when using heat. Ice, on the hand, can be used without any major concern. Ice can reduce inflammation and swelling that contributes to pain, so it’s best to ice and affected area for 15-20 minutes.
Schedule An Appointment
If you are looking for quick, effective, long-lasting joint pain relief, a chiropractic adjustment can reduce pain, increase nerve function, and stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities to reduce inflammation. Reach out to your Top Rated Local® health and wellness center to arrange an appointment for chiropractic care. At our DMR Clinic in Woodbury, we take a collaborative approach to wellness and healing, delivering effective pain relief alternatives to other pain treatments.