Welcome back to the Hopkins Health and Wellness blog! In part one of this blog series, we offered four tips for relieving joint pain at home. Practicing self-care techniques at home can not only help you feel and move better, but can also enhance the chiropractic adjustments you receive at our DMR Clinic in Woodbury. In our last article, we recommended these self-care tips to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation, and improve function.
- Use topical pain relieving creams and lotions
- Apply pain relieving essential oils to sore, swollen joints
- Wear the right shoes to reduce joint pain in the knees
- Apply heat (with caution) and/or ice
Here are a few more ways you can combat joint pain at home. If you have any questions or want to schedule a chiropractic adjustment, give us a call to arrange an appointment.
Four More Ways To Relieve Joint Pain
Manage a Healthy Weight
Carrying excess weight places more stress and pressure on your joints, particularly the hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Maintaining a healthy weight and losing excess weight can greatly reduce pressure on your joints, therefore, reducing pain and inflammation and increasing function and mobility. What’s more, losing weight can limit your risk for future damage to your joints.
Get Plenty of Healthy Fats In Your Diet
Healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids are essential to healthy, joint-conscious diet. Not only are these fatty acids excellent for fighting inflammation, stiffness, and pain, they support healthy cell production. Eat plenty of almonds, wild fish, walnuts, and leafy greens.
Walk Your Way To Pain Relief
Walking not only helps you manage your weight, but it also gets the blood flowing, keeps the muscles flexible, and improves range of motion to keep your joints strong and functioning properly. Walking anywhere from three to five times a week for at least 20-20 minutes is a great way to relieve joint pain. Just be sure to wear comfortable, supportive shoes that offer plenty of cushioning for your heel, have strong arch supports to protect your knees, and support your ankles.
Call Your Top Rated Local® Chiropractor
Going to the chiropractor regularly can help reduce joint pain. Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and other joints for better nerve function, circulation, and range of motion. If you would like to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care at our DMR Clinic in Woodbury, call Hopkins Health and Wellness to arrange an appointment.