There are many causes related to joint pain. The following are ones we are most familiar with.
Acupuncture is a form of therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine. Very thin, sterile needles are placed just under the skin on specific points of the body. Studies show that acupuncture is effective in treating up to 100 conditions including chronic pain. While acupuncture has not always been accepted in Western medicine, more doctors have referred patients to acupuncturists than any other “alternative” medicine available today.
* Massage Therapy
Another pain-free pain relief remedy is massage therapy. In addition to being knowledgeable in massage techniques, massage therapists are also trained in human physiology. This means, to get the most pain-relieving benefit, they know the right muscles to massage.
* Mind-Body Techniques
Relaxation, biofeedback, guided imagery and meditation are examples of mind-body techniques. Each technique is effective in helping people suffering from pain. Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art that combines deep breathing and slow, fluid movements is another type of mind-body therapy is. While there have not been studies regarding using Tai Chi specifically for pain, it improves general overall health and mood.
For thousands of years, history shows that people have used herbs to treat pain. Herbs that have anti-arthritis properties include black cohosh, dandelion, devil’s claw, juniper, feverfew, meadowsweet, white willow, rosemary, and turmeric. While you can take these herbs in capsule form, they are also used in herbal teas, tinctures, and salves.
* Hot or Cold Therapy
Hot or cold therapy can be used to treat arthritis pain. Normally either ice (or a bag of frozen vegetables) or a heating pad is placed on the painful area. It is important to remove the treatment after 20 minutes. The good news is it can be repeated two to three times daily.
* Weight Loss
Losing weight can also help reduce pain. What most people don’t realize is that every extra 10 pounds of body weight is 30 to 70 extra pounds of pressure on their knees, ankles, and feet each time they take a step. Along with reducing pain, losing weight will also improve one’s health in other ways.
* Foods We Eat
Amazingly, even the foods we eat can help fight pain. Adding whole grains to our diet is not only healthy for the fiber it contains but also for the magnesium, which aids in fighting muscular pain.
Are you aware salmon has omega-3 fatty acids but that it also contains vitamin D, which helps fight pain?
Other examples include olive oil which is rich in antioxidants that can block pain-causing mechanisms in the body.
Ginger and turmeric both contain several substances that contain pain-relieving properties.