If you or a loved one is dealing with joint pain, you know the toll it can take on your quality of life. That’s before you take into account any side effects from medication, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were joint pain management techniques that came from more of a natural source?
Good news: There are! Today your favorite Benbrook TX pain relief center (locations also in Bedford and Lewisville) is going to share a few highly recommended strategies for managing your joint pain in a natural way. We encourage you to read, try and share what works best for you!
Achieve & Maintain a Healthy Weight
While no one ever wants to hear that they need to lose weight, the benefits of this natural strategy for joint pain management make it a top recommendation. If your body mass index (BMI) indicates that you are above an ideal weight, this is the perfect place to start. According to several studies, for every single pound of weight lost, there are four pounds less pressure exerted on the knee. Here are some additional benefits:
- Slower [Osteoarthritis]disease progression
- Increased possibility of remission
- Decreased inflammation
- Less pain
Fill your diet with colorful fruits and veggies. Find a friend or relative who will hold you accountable. Get in touch with your care team of arthritis doctors in Benbrook TX (locations also in Bedford and Lewisville) for more healthy tips and tricks!
Vitamins & Supplements
In addition to eating a well-balanced diet and taking a daily multi-vitamin, there are several specific natural supplements and vitamins that have shown evidence of helping manage several painful joint conditions. Some of the most well researched include:
- Glucosamine Sulfate
- Curcumin (the active ingredient in Turmeric)
- S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
Be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any new supplements or vitamins to ensure that nothing will conflict with your current treatments.
Massage & Acupuncture
Along with inducing relaxation, massage has been known to decrease inflammation and increase range of motion. For all these reasons (and more), massage could be a fantastic therapy to try in your pursuit for natural joint pain relief. Be sure to drink plenty of water before and after your massage and try to schedule it on a day when you aren’t in extreme pain.
The Chinese form of medicine known as Acupuncture uses needles to treat all different kinds of conditions. This therapy uses extremely small needles inserted into strategic locations in your skin to decrease inflammation and pain. Studies show that it is an effective form of treatment for chronic conditions, especially joint pain.
Exercise has many benefits for those suffering from joint pain. As we already referenced above, any healthy habits that lead to weight loss are highly recommended, and exercise certainly falls under that category. Additionally, exercise has been shown to help with joint pain management by:
- Increasing strength
- Increasing flexibility
- Increasing endurance
- Improving balance
- Improving range of motion
If you don’t already have a routine in place, begin gradually with low-impact modalities to see how your body responds. We recommend yoga, Tai Chi, swimming, water aerobics or stretching.
Our specialized doctors take an individual approach to pain management and focus on properly diagnosing and treating your condition. We offer a broad scope of services to help you identify the root cause of your pain and help to build a customized treatment plan. Whether it’s joint pain, cancer pain or anything in-between, there’s help for you here. Call today to schedule an appointment at any one of our three convenient Texas locations!