Joint pain is extremely common. One out of three adults (33%) report having joint pain within the last 30 days.
The symptoms of joint pain can be debilitating and put a damper on your quality of life:
- Uncomfortable warmth
- Locking of joints
- Stiffness, loss in range of motion
- Feeling of weakness
Conventional medicine offers an array of painkilling drugs that provide relief, but unfortunately medications can sometimes have side-effects that are almost as bad as the original problem. Fortunately, many people have discovered natural ways to relieve joint pain that don’t have the unwanted side effects of pharmaceuticals.
If you are seeking an alternative to conventional approaches to arthritis and joint pain, improving your body’s overall health is key. Equally important is having the right natural supplementation. Continue reading to learn the common causes of joint pain, and how to combat them using natural, self-healing strategies.
Causes of Joint Pain
Inflammation is the primary cause of joint pain.
Your joints include your knees, elbows, shoulders, and anywhere else there is a connection between bones. These connections are made up of ligaments, bursa, and tendons, that surround cartilage and bone. Anything within your joint that inhibits natural motion causes pain. Many common conditions associated with disease, injury, and aging contribute to joint pain:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
What relieves Joint Pain
If inflammation within joints can be reduced much of the pain can be relieved and the function of the joint can be preserved.
The sad reality for all of us is that joint pain is likely going to be a life-long battle. None of us are getting any younger. But, we can fight the aging process tooth and nail; that’s what I intend to do myself and help you do. The question is, how do you plan to fight this battle? The way I see it, we have three choices:
1. Try to ignore the problem. Bear with it until the pain eventually becomes too great, then stop being physically active.
Quality of Life = Blah!
2. Medicate yourself with prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, or injections and live with the uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous side effects.
Quality of Life = A Little Less Blah, but still blah!
3. Embrace nature’s cures: make some lifestyle changes, improve your health, and get the nutrients your body needs by eating right and taking useful supplements. Reduce pain the way nature intended and let your body heal without undesirable side effects.
Quality of Life = Awesome!
Five Ways to Reduce Joint Pain
1. Give your joints a break.
For temporary relief, use wraps, braces, ice, and elevate the joints that are in pain.
2. Lose weight.
The closer you get to your ideal weight, the less stress your joints will feel. Diet alone can account for 90% of weight loss. You don’t have to lose all the weight at the gym, especially if your joints hurt! Make better choices in the kitchen: eat complex carbs, lots of greens, lean meats and avoid sugars and starches.
3. Drink noni juice
Studies show that juice from noni fruit has pain-relieving properties.
Noni juice helps by reducing inflammation, which is the main cause of joint pain. Yet, in some cases noni juice can help correct cellular abnormalities that are sending pain signals. Unlike medications, noni juice doesn’t mask pain, it helps your body repair itself at the cellular level.
4. Use supplements like glucosamine, MSM, and chondroitin.
These supplements are derived from cartilage and are intended to support and strengthen the cartilage within our body. While absorption rates are difficult to measure, many claim these supplements are effective.
Exercising, stretching, and staying active may be one of the best ways to keep joint pain at bay.
- WebMD, causes and pain relief options: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/joint-pain
- Gaiam Life, 10 Ways to Prevent and Relieve Joint Pain: http://life.gaiam.com/article/10-ways-relieve-and-prevent-joint-pain
- Healthline, Joint Pain Remedies from Around the World: http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/joint-pain-remedies-from-around-the-world
- Mayo Clinic, list of causes of joint pain: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/joint-pain/basics/causes/sym-20050668
- MedicineNet, signs and symptoms: http://www.medicinenet.com/joint_pain/symptoms.htm