by A. Grano on August 26th, 2010 at 7:00 am
While a refreshing summer rain shower may be welcomed by some people, for those who suffer from arthritis or other joint pain, changes in the weather can be a source of dread. Although we can’t control the weather, there are natural ways to help alleviate subsequent discomfort from shifts in temperature and humidity.
Understanding the Pain
As many of us have experienced, fluctuations in temperature can trigger joint pain, which is caused by the barorecepotors in the joints, or ‘sensors’, within the body’s blood vessels. The Rothman Institute of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital explains how this activation caused by temperature changes increases the sensation of pain. In addition, humidity causes tissues to expand, thus aggravating already sensitive conditions for sufferers.
Natural Help for Pain Relief
While many people opt for conventional treatments to ease pain, these medications can cause side effects and be especially harsh on sensitive stomachs, sometimes even causing ulcers. For gentle yet effective relief, herbal remedies such as Glucosamine can ease pain, help repair cartilage, and even maintain joint mobility! Another excellent herb is Boswellia, a great natural anti-inflammatory that also benefits the joints. In addition, Devil’s Claw has been proven by clinical studies to treat symptoms of joint pain in conditions such as osteoarthritis and small joint disease.
Keeping the muscles around the joints healthy and strong can help decrease pain. Try low-impact exercise such as walking on soft terrain like sand, swimming, and biking to promote blood flow and muscle strength.
InflammaGo™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves joint and muscle pain, inflammation and stiffness associated with arthritis.