Joint Pain - It is that time

It is “that time of year” again, when many people will begin to talk about joint pain from the cold temperatures.  😰

This blog post is about ways you can help beat the joint pain, without medication, because I am a Registered Nurse, that believes in holistic options.

So, following I have some “tips”:

Dress in layers – this will keep you warm and reduce stiffness, because the colder temperatures are “blocked” by the layers.

Eat well – take in healthy fats, like nuts, oils and seeds, a diet rich in minerals and vitamins, fiber, leafy green vegetables and protein will reduce inflammation and joint pain, because that is what joint pain is. Be open to consulting a Registered Dietitian to learn more about healthy foods that can improve your arthritis or joint pain. Healthy fats, such as avocado and fish oil are also great lubricants for joints and contribute to overall health.

Get massages – massages can improve circulation and reduce pain for people with all kinds of arthritis. With booking your massage, tell your massage therapist about your chronic conditions, as some precautions are needed. Plus, don’t forget to drink plenty of water after, this will flush all toxins, and reduce “soreness” from massage, that many people complain about.

Stay active – I think this one is a “no-brainer”, like they say if you use it, you don’t lose it. Staying active will also help maintain your flexibility. Low impact exercises will increase blood flow and loosen stiff joints. We can’t forget that staying active, will impact your weight too. The more active you are, you typically will lose weight, therefore reducing pressure on your joints, which is less stress; therefore, reducing joint pain.

Supplements – As you know the sun, in the winter months, is short lived, so less Vitamin D we have access too. I would definitely recommend if you don’t like your cheese and milk, which calcium and vitamin D is typically added, then consider taking in some Vitamin D + Calcium supplements, do not take one without the other, your body loves them both together, for best results.

Use heat - Apply a heating pad (always use a barrier (washcloth), between heat source and your skin, to prevent burns), soak in a warm bath, or refresh your body with a relaxing shower. Be careful when applying heat, do not, overdo it.

Last but not least – essential oils:

All citrus oils, like Orange, Myrrh oil, Turmeric, and Ginger essential oil have anti-inflammatory effects on the body. There is some research that it has help to lessen pain associated with arthritis, making it a great pain reliever.

Frankincense oil stops inflammatory molecules and can be useful in helping to prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue, if you ever heard of “bone on bone”, that is because the cartilage is gone.

With essential oils, please always remember to follow instructions of the oil company you purchased from and diluting (with carrier oils) is safer and best practice, then to not do so.

We are now in the cooler temperatures in South Carolina, so please take steps to protect and improve your joint health. With a few simple steps you can reduce your pain and experience a more enjoyable winter. 😰

Thank you for reading, A RN: Disclosed!

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