Jogging injury.Joints are the workhorses of our bodies.  They enable us to move the way we need to when we go about our daily activities.  When joints become injured, or overused, joint pain is the result.

The traditional medical methods for treating joint pain involve surgery, injections, and powerful medications such as opiates for pain and steroids for swelling.  If you would prefer a gentler way to care for your joints, here are some methods for natural joint pain relief.

 

Natural Joint Pain Relief

Chiropractors

Chiropractors are trained in the practice of manipulating joints back into their correct position.  This allows joints to heal naturally.  Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.

By monitoring your pain level, you and your chiropractor will be able to determine if you need just a few adjustments, or a longer course of treatment.

 

Heating Pad

top 10 heating padsHeating pads are available is many sizes and varieties.  Heating pads work by increasing blood flow to injured body parts.  A heating pad will increase the circulation to your painful joint, which increases the amount of healing oxygen and nutrients to the injured joint.

Painful joints are also inflamed, and inflammation of any type produces toxins.  Increased blood flow helps your body rid itself of the pain-producing toxins.

 

Topical Creams and Ointments

Pain relief creams like Icy Hot™, Sombra Warm Therapy™, and Capzazin HP™, use substances found in nature to relieve joint pain.

Capsaicin is the ingredient in Chile peppers which causes them to be “hot”.  Ironically, it is this same substance that that provides pain relief to sore joints.  Capsaicin contains an ingredient which temporarily desensitizes the pain receptors in your nerve endings.

Creams that contain camphor and menthol also desensitize pain receptors, and the warming/cooling action provides a calming, soothing sensation.  Anxiety often increases pain levels-a calming, soothing topical cream will reduce anxiety and help you feel more comfortable.

 

Herbal Supplements

There are many herbal supplements that contain natural anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric root is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb that is taken in supplement form.  The active ingredient in turmeric root is curcumin, and curcumin has been shown to be more effective in reducing inflammation and pain than ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs.

Arnica is another pain-relieving herb that is used topically.  Instead of swallowing the supplement, empty the capsules and make the powder into a paste, then apply to the painful joint.  It has powerful, fast-acting anti-inflammatory properties.

SAMe is a natural anti-inflammatory amino acid.  In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, SAMe can also increase the levels of endorphins, which are your body’s own natural painkillers.

 

Although traditional medical solutions to joint pain are effective, a growing number of people are choosing to use natural joint pain relief methods.  Natural joint pain relief methods are safe, effective, convenient, and have no dangerous side effects.  If you use blood-thinners or have permanent nerve damage, consult your healthcare practitioner before using a heating pad.