shoulder painDo you have shoulder pain? Do you want to compliment traditional pain relief methods with natural shoulder pain management? Below are 9 natural remedies you can try.

The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in your body. It is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement which makes it more susceptible to injury. Shoulder pain can occur in any of the muscles, ligaments or tendons in and around your shoulder.

As well as standard medication and treatment, there are also natural remedies you can use to treat your shoulder pain.

Take a look below at these top 9 natural remedies.

9 Natural Shoulder Pain Management Methods

  1. Rest

  • Rest the affected shoulder for a few days to promote healing.
  • Keep the affected area elevated with a few pillows to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Use a thicker pillow at night to support to your neck and shoulder.

 

  1. Cold therapy

  • Within 48 hours of injury, apply an ice pack, cold compress, or bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel to the affected area. This helps reduce the pain and swelling.
  • Apply the ice pack for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this process several times across the day.

 

  1. Heat Therapy

It’s best to use heat therapy 48 hours after the injury occurs. Heat helps relieve pain and eases muscles.

  • Take a long hot bath to ease the stiffness in your shoulder. Adding 2 cups of Epsom salt to the water can help reduce pain, improve blood circulation and relax stressed shoulder muscles.
  • Stand under a warm shower and let the water run over your shoulder for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Apply a heating pad or a hot water bottle wrapped in a towel to the affected shoulder.
  • Apply a capsaicin gel or cream to the affected area to reduce pain.

 

  1. Massage

A gentle massage can help relieve pain and inflammation, improve blood circulation and reduce stiffness.

  • Massage using a tablespoon of olive oil which has known anti-inflammatory properties. You can use coconut, sesame or mustard oil instead. Warm the oil slightly before use.
  • Massage for 10 minutes.
  • Do not massage the injured area if it causes pain.

 

  1. Compression

  • Wrap the affected area with an elastic bandage or a warm wrap to help ease the pain and swelling.
  • Avoid wrapping it too tightly as it restricts the circulation of your blood.

 

  1. Turmeric

Curcumin is an antioxidant found in turmeric, and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce pain and swelling.

  • To apply to your skin, make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of turmeric powder and 1 or more tablespoons of coconut oil. Rub this paste over the sore muscles and let it dry. Rinse it off with warm water. Repeat twice daily until the pain is gone.
  • To add to your diet, use in curries and soups.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to 1 cup of milk and bring to the boil. Sweeten with honey.
  • You can also turmeric capsules. Consult your doctor for the correct dosage.

Note: Avoid excessive intake of turmeric if you take blood-thinning medicine. Consult your doctor before the use of turmeric.

 

  1. Juniper Berries

Studies conducted in 2009 showed that people who consume juniper berries experience reduced inflammation and an increased immune response.

Make juniper berry tea using a tablespoon of dried berries in one cup of water and add some honey.  Bring to the boil.

 

  1. Peppermint

Peppermint is another natural anti-inflammatory. It is also a coolant.

  • Drink as a tea.
  • You can also use it as an essential oil. Blend peppermint and eucalyptus oil in a bottle and apply it directly to your skin.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory and alkalizing properties that can help reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Add 2 cups of unfiltered apple cider vinegar to a warm bath.
  • Drink a glass of warm water mixed with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a little honey. Do this twice daily for a week.

If you have severe or chronic shoulder pain, consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Along with traditional treatment, you can also include natural shoulder pain management methods to help ease your symptoms.

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