Tips for Soothing Achy Joints

Joint HealthWhether you’ve just won a big race, or that all-important game, achy joints can interfere with your victory celebration. Whether you’re a competitive athlete, or work out to keep your body in shape, joint health will go a long way to ensuring that you have the endurance you need to make it through the tough hurdles. Here are some tips on how to soothe those achy joints.

Ice Therapy

Also called, cryotherapy, this is among the most popular method of relieving joint pain. For maximum effectiveness, apply an ice pack for 15 minutes, every hour throughout the day. The following day, apply the ice pack about five times, again for 15 minutes at a time. To avoid ice burns, never apply the ice directly onto skin; use an ice pack, or wrap ice in a cloth or plastic bag.

How it helps: The cold temperature will reduce blood flow, thereby reducing tissue swelling.

Hydrotherapy

This method uses warm water to help relieve joint pressure. Try a warm bath with epsom salts, or just immerse the affected area in water and massage gently.

How it helps: The warm water helps to stimulate blood flow and relieves pressure.

Medication

Over the counter medications can do wonders for your overall joint health and can help relieve pain and pressure. Ibuprofen, an anti-steroidal inflammatory drug works fast and can have you up and around in a timely manner.

How it helps: NSAIDs work to relieve pressure and swelling, easing pain.

Exercise

When exercising, choose an activity that aligns with your pain limit. Sometimes, though, light exercise and stretching can help ease joint pain.

How it helps: Stretching can actually increase your flexibility and help promote overall joint health.

Staying active and healthy when you’re young can mean the difference between being healthy in your golden years, and suffering from a variety of health conditions, including joint-related illnesses such as arthritis. The key is knowing how to take care of joint pain when it occurs, and taking care of it as soon as possible.

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