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How to Get Rid of Sore Joints?

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Sore joints sometimes come with age. Sometimes sore joints are caused by too much exercise, hard physical work or even illness. Getting rid of sore joints requires a combination of pain relief and finding the source of the pain. For example, you can immediately treat the symptoms with a retail pain-relief product. But if the sore joints are caused by arthritis, an infection or a cold you will have to get over this illness or get rid of it with treatment to remove all joint pain.

Unless you know that the stiffness and soreness are caused by some unusual exercise or work, or being on your feet for too long, you may want to consult with your doctor to see if he or she can help uncover the source of the problem.

Home Remedies for Joint pain

Begin to get rid of sore joints by taking the recommended amounts of over-the-counter pain relievers. These will reduce the pain and stiffness somewhat. But be careful not to overdo it with these medications. They can irritate the stomach and you may even find that overusing them reduces the effect they have on your joint pain. The body simply gets used to the medicines and may become immune to their effects.

Place an icepack on the aching joint for about 15 minutes a day, several times a day, and give the joint a rest.

Apply a heat pad or cold packs to a sore joint if the pain is caused by arthritis. Cold packs numb the pain. Heat relaxes the muscles. Do not use either more than 15 minutes at a time. If switching from hot to cold or cold to hot treatment, allow your skin to return to its natural temperature before applying a different treatment.

Replace vitamin D and calcium deficiencies if the joint discomfort is caused by rickets. This can also help for those without rickets, as deficiencies in vitamin D and calcium can cause joints to ache.

Turmeric & Ginger Tea

Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatorys, and will help with oseto and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric in particular has gotten a lot of attention lately. Its active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful antioxidant. In addition, it lowers the levels of 2 enzymes responsible for causing inflammation (which is what we’re often fighting with arthritis.) You can take these in a capsule form or make a nice spicy tea to enjoy daily.

You will need…

-2 cups of water

-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

-1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

-Honey to taste

Directions

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and had ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and ground turmeric. Reduce to a simmer and let it be for 10-15 minutes. Strain, add honey to taste, and enjoy twice daily. This yields 2 servings.

Lubricate With Olive Oil

The very consistency of olive oil makes it seem like something that would lubricate your joints and ease arthritis pain, and it turns out, it actually does. A main compound in olive oil called oleocanthal inhibits inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2, just like Advil or aspirin does. The study showed that 1 ½ tablespoons is equal to 200-mg of ibuprofen. However, not every oil is created equal. The ripeness of the olives at the time they were pressed also determines the level of oleocanthal-generally the stronger tasting the oil, the higher the level there is present. It can be taken internally to reap the benefits, but being high in calories consider replacing any fats, such as butter, with it in cooking instead.

You will need…

-2-3 tablespoons of olive oil

Directions

Rub a bit of olive oil onto your sore joints twice a day, massaging in to each one gently. You can also take 2-3 tablespoons daily, but be sure to give up some other form of fat due to the high calorie count in the oil (rest easy, these are good calories.)

Exercise

When it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. As unpleasant as it may sound though, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis. Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) strengthens the muscles that support the joint, even when the cartilage is thinning, and lubricates the joints, allowing them to move more freely. When we are inactive the synovial fluid in the joints is the consistency of a thick gel, but once we get moving and warming up, the liquid becomes more viscous and can do a better job of lubricating our joints and keeping them going smoothly. Just imagine if you were to be sedentary every day, pretty soon you’d be so stiff it’d be just about impossible to move. But if you get up and move around every day, you’ll get stronger and will loosen up as well.

Try…

-Going for a brisk walk-start with 15 minutes and work your way up into a solid daily routine.

-Doing joint-targeted exercises-certain stretches and exercises specifically target joints to help rid them of stiffness and pain.


Sources:

thegeminigeek.com

ehow.com

everydayroots.com


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