7 Ways to Relieve and Prevent Muscle and Joint Pain

Muscle and Joint Pain_Strength24There are many reasons why people suffer from muscle and joint pain. It could be triggered by a strenuous workout, sprain, or injury, or it may also be attributed to certain medical conditions such as arthritis, fybromyalgia and lupus. Fortunately, there are things you can do to relieve the pain and discomfort that you feel.

Here are seven of the most widely used remedies for muscle and joint pain:

1. Hydrotherapy—there are two ways to go about hydrotherapy. First, you should drink plenty of water because it helps prevent muscle soreness. You need to consume half an ounce of water for every pound in your body so if you weigh 150 pounds then that means you need to drink 75 ounces or about 2.2 liters of water. Another form of hydrotherapy is to soak in warm water for about 20-30 minutes because this helps stimulate blood circulation.

2. Massage—Getting a massage will improve blood flow to and from your muscles. It also soothes tired and achy muscles. Whether you are getting a massage from a professional or doing it yourself, using massage oils or creams will make it even more beneficial.

3. Nutrition—This goes without saying but it needs to be emphasized further. Proper nutrition is important for your muscles and tendons to heal and regenerate. Not having a sufficient amount of the nutrients that your body needs will only make you susceptible to more muscle and joint pain. Consume antioxidant-rich food, as well as food rich in vitamin C and E.

4. Warm Up and Cool Down—When you are training or exercising, having a warm up and cool down routine is important. Warm up exercises are designed to prepare your body for the workout by essentially “warming up” your muscles and stretching your muscles. Cool down exercises, on the other hand, will transition your body from active state to rest state, and will also enhance muscle recovery.

5. Ice Therapy—Also known as cryotherapy, it requires placing an ice pack on the affected area for about 15 minutes at a time every waking hour on the first day, and then about 4-5 times on the next day. To prevent ice burns, you need to wrap the ice with a cloth or towel.

6. Supplementation—There are commercially available supplements you can buy that will relieve you of muscle and joint pain, and at the same time prevent it from occurring. You can take Vitamin D, fish oil, and calcium supplements. Taking jasmine supplements or applying jasmine oil also help relax and relieve sore muscles.

7. Rest—Finally, if you are suffering from muscle and joint pain, you need to allow your body to rest. Doing so will give it time to repair and heal damaged tissues. If you are physically active and you follow a rigid workout program, including rest days and recovery days is important to your overall well-being.

As always, if you have persistent muscle and joint pain, schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner.

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