4. Essential Oils Are Your Friends
Whether you’re getting massages or not, you can still reap the benefits of aromatherapy. While there’s little evidence to suggest that these oils have an effect on inflammation, they can alter your mood and make it easier for you to handle the discomfort. Lavender and lemon oils typically influence your body’s release of cortisol, which is relaxing. Interestingly, a few kitchen spices have a similar effect.
If you have marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint, add a little to some olive or coconut oil. Smelling the resulting concoction occasionally will help with the pain.
5. Treat Your Joints Naturally
If you’d like to try a few natural topical treatments for your aching joints, you have some good options. The first place to start is with cold and heated pads. Both heat and cold can ease inflammation and pain but people have differing success with them.
It’s best to try them and see what works for you. One option is a spicy treatment that uses ground capsaicin to three teaspoons of olive oil. You should get relief from pain because of the anti-inflammatory properties but make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin.
A more soothing option utilizes 4 chamomile tea bags seeped in hot water. After 20 minutes, you can soak a rag in the warm water then apply it to the affected joints. Studies also show that putting crushed ginger on your joints for 15-20 minutes may alleviate swelling and pain.
Even with these helpful lifestyle changes, it’s a good idea to recognize when your doctor needs to get involved. Conditions such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis have specific treatment regimens that you’d need to follow to soothe the pain in your joints.
More importantly, if left untreated, these illnesses can cause permanent damage. In most cases, a balanced combination of prescribed medication and lifestyle changes works.