Joyous Joints – Freedom of Movement through Nature

by on April 28th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Although it is true that you are as young as you feel, those of us that are in the senior years (and even middle-aged and younger) can struggle with creaky, painful joints and sore bones. While arthritis can be hereditary, it can also be part of the body’s aging process, particularly when years of incorrect diet and sedentary lifestyles begin to take their toll! However, this does not mean that arthritis is something to live with without treatment.

Despite the short term relief which they may offer, commonly prescribed conventional medications for arthritis can come at a price. Serious stomach problems, such as ulcers and intestinal bleeding have been reported, as well as increased risk for liver problems.

So is there a safe and natural option?

Yes there is. Remember, the body is a tool, and an instrument. The same way guitar strings need to be oiled to prevent them snapping, various tissues and joints in the body need to be handled in a gentle manner to prevent and lessen symptoms of bothersome arthritis or rheumatism.

What natural treatments should I consider?

Natural and herbal remedies can provide much needed assistance in alleviating symptoms of joint pain. For instance, did you know that for thousands of years, the Khoisan people of the Kalahari Desert have used Devil’s claw as a natural anti-inflammatory to treat painful joint conditions and other health problems. Many homeopathic ingredients can also help provide relief. Bryonia (6C) is mostly used for inflammation accompanied by pain and is useful for joints and muscles that are hot, swollen, stiff, and prone to stabbing pain. Arnica (6C) is a highly respected natural ingredient and is widely recommended for joint, bone, cartilage and tissue health.

Detox for healthy joints

Did you know that aching joints can also be an accumulation of toxins in the body, building up in the joints and causing inflammation and pain? In addition to treating the joints themselves, it can therefore also be beneficial to help your body to detox naturally, leading to improved overall health – as well as joint relief.

Other great tips for healthy joints

  • Get moving. The right exercise program can increase your range of movement, make you less tired, decrease your pain and help you feel better overall. Choose an exercise like swimming or walking which doesn’t place too much stress on the joints. Yoga or Pilates can provide not only the benefits of exercise, but also of stretching – thereby making joints more supple and increasing range of movement.
  • Sit up straight. Good posture reduces stress on vulnerable joints. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed when you stand and that your chair is the right height for your work surface.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects by using a trolley or cart to move things like dustbins, suitcases and grocery bags. Get a shopping basket on wheels and get into the habit of pushing it rather than dragging it, as this is very heavy on your finger joints. Investigate online shopping possibilities, especially where groceries are concerned. It’s quick and easy. Don’t be shy to ask someone to help you load things into the car or move heavy things. No one minds receiving a tip, so the help is mutual.
  • Don’t twist! Use tap openers, jar openers, electric tin openers and a food processor rather than trying to do these chores manually. Put a thick rubber strip around the handles of all items you use frequently, such as pens, knives, pans and gardening tools. This will relax your grip and decrease stress on your hand joints. Accept that there are things that will now take longer to do. Take breaks while doing something like gardening. This will prevent you from overstressing your joints.
  • Get high. Increase the height of your favorite chair, either by putting blocks underneath it or attaching leg extenders. This will enable you to get up more easily.
  • Chill out. When joints are inflamed, apply something cold which will decrease the pain and swelling by constricting blood vessels and preventing fluids from leaking into the surrounding tissues. A bag of frozen vegetables, such as peas, works very well as it can be molded to fit the shape it needs to be.
  • Reach out. Join a self-help group. This will not only give you a chance to speak to others who are going through something similar, but also give you an opportunity to find moral support and get helpful hints, tips and referrals.
  • Lose those extra pounds. Extra weight increases the stress on the joints of your knees and hips. Losing weight will also make you feel better about yourself. Excess weight means more pain – there’s simply no way around it. A healthy diet with lots of fruit and vegetables will also help your body cope with the medication you may be taking.
  • Dump those pumps. Get rid of all your uncomfortable high-heeled shoes. Staggering about on four-inch heels will do you, your feet and your arthritis no good. Invest in comfortable, yet fashionable shoes – and yes, they can be flat.
  • Water, water everywhere. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day. If you’re taking medication, your kidneys will need all the help they can get. Keep a bottle on your desk and in the car. Remember water is what helps to remove toxins from the body. The synovial fluid in joints is also largely made up of water and this means that good hydration is an important part of joint health.
  • Do the late shift. If you work in an office, ask whether you can start and end an hour later. Many arthritis sufferers have great difficulty with stiff joints in the morning and this shift change might make all the difference.
  • The truth is out there. Go to your doctor and find out what your correct diagnosis is. There are many types of arthritis and all require different treatments. Not knowing what type of joint problem you have is much worse than getting the correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Be sure to ask them about natural treatments too…

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