Alternative Treatments for Joint Pain
Over 47 million Americans suffer from joint pain, and 20% of these people don’t do anything about it. Many people assume that joint pain is an inevitable part of life that comes with getting older.
The thing is you can do something about it. Early detection of joint pain can help you minimize permanent damage and disability from occurring.
The most common treatments for joint pain are alternative therapy, prescription medication and surgery. There are some safe treatments offered that don’t involve unwanted side effects of medication, or undergoing surgery.
Natural Herbs and Supplements
Fish Oils: Fish oils, such as Cod liver oil are a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Ginger: Ginger contains active components that have anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to suppress inflammation and suppress substances that trigger pain and cause tissues to swell.
Glucosamine: Glucosamine is often taken with Chondroitin and is used most often for treatment of osteoarthritis. Glucosamine helps to increase the cartilage and fluid surrounding joints which helps to relieve joint pain.
MSM: Methylsulfonylmethane is used for chronic pain, osteoarthritis, joint inflammations, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other point pain conditions.
Flax Seed: Flaxseed oil is used as a good source of essential omega-3 fatty acids as well. It has been shown to reduce inflammation as well, which reduces joint pain.
Alternative Joint Pain Management
Acupuncture: Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It stimulates specific points of the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. Usually at least two sessions of acupuncture a week for four to five weeks is a normal course of treatment.
Chiropractic: Chiropractors use joint manipulation or adjustment therapy to help relieve joint pain. Chiropractic treatments may be useful in relieving pain associated with muscles, joints, bones, and connective tissue.
Massage Therapy: Massage therapy has many benefits for those with arthritis pain. Massage provides pain relief by relaxing stiff and sore muscles and by reducing inflammations and swelling. Also, massage helps to stretch your muscles to help you maintain range of motion for you joints.
Naprapathy: Naprapathy is an alternative treatment that is a “manual manipulation of inelastic connective tissue which may be irritating the nervous system and causing pain.” Naparapathy treatment begins with a spinal examination to identify the specific location of pain. Treatment involves manual manipulation designed to stretch specific connective tissue, ultrasounds, electrical, heat and cold treatment methods.
Yoga: Yoga can provide pain relief by relaxing stiff muscles and easing sore joints. The controlled movements, deep stretches, and deep breathing help to relax you whole body and maintain range of motion.
Magnet Therapy: Static magnet therapy is used to relieve pain by increasing your circulation. While the effectiveness of the therapy is still in question, it is thought to be completely safe if not extremely beneficial overall.
There are many alternative things you can do to relieve joint pain. Many herbs and vitamins have shown to improve joint pressure and alleviate joint pain. Treatments such as yoga, naprapathy, and massage therapy help you to maintain range of motion in your joints. Acupuncture and chiropractic have been used for many years to help with joint pain and many other things.