We all get those little aches and pains from time to time. Even though it is true that it seems to get worse as you age, no one, no matter their age, is spared from this occasional discomfort.
The good news is that you don’t ever have to live with pain. Smart strategies that combine safe ache easers and proven at-home care steps- from ice to heat to gentle exercise, or even getting a new wallet or purse – can cut the pain you’re feeling now and lower the odds that it’ll ever show up again.
Here are some strategies that you can use today if your aches and pains are coming from your joints.
Strengthen your support system
Strong muscles take the stress off joints and relieve pain. To strengthen muscles, you don’t even need a gym membership or a fancy weight machine. You can build muscle with something as simple as elastic bands.
For every pound you lose, your knees are subject to 4 pounds less pressure with every step you take, or about 4,800 pounds less every time you walk a mile. Here a little weight loss goes a long way.
Pop Fish-oil (Or Krill oil) capsules
Omega-3 fatty acids – the good fats found in fish such as salmon and in fish-oil capsules – help people with pain and stiffness. Fish oil may even help with back pain too. To learn more about Krill Oil, which I personally use and has been a life saver for my joints, check out my previous blog post Here.
Walk, don’t run; swim, don’t play basketball
Low-impact activities with smooth movements can keep joints flexible, functional, and pain free. Sports and exercises like stretching, swimming, water aerobics, cycling, walking on a treadmill or outside, and playing golf fit the bill.
Wet heat helps
A “thermographic” heating pad (the type that make “wet” heat); a shower; or even hot, wet towels applied to an achy joint can loosen it up. Do easy stretching exercises as the pain subsides to restore a comfortable range of movement and ease stiffness.
Take acetaminophen first
Easy on your gastrointestinal system. Acetaminophen tablets such as Tylenol are safe and effective for ongoing pain, according to a government review of hundreds of pain-relief studies. Your safe dose can be up to 4,000 milligrams per day – taken according to package directions (one caution: Don’t take acetaminophen with combination cold and flu remedies that contain it. An overdose could cause liver damage.)
Give acupressure a try
This ancient Chinese healing art uses thumb and fingertip pressure to stimulate the flow of energy within the body. It works better than physical therapy at easing lower-back pain, according to a recent Taiwanese study of 129 women and men with chronic pain.
This is a very helpful list for dealing with joint pain. Join me again here on Wednesday where I will dive specifically into Muscle pan. Whether you get pain only once in a while, or more and more every day, you’ll want to find out what the tips are for stopping that pain for good.
Remember, It is time to take charge of your health. Good health doesn’t just happen to you. You have to work at it!
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