When you have arthritis, joint pain is more likely to reoccur. It could be every month, every week, every other day, or even more frequent. Usually, there are times when you are just caught off guard when it occurs. With that, you have the tendency to always take over-the-counter pain reliever, sometimes without thinking about what it does to your body, especially to your liver, stomach and other organs, as long as you get relieved from the pain. Many arthritis sufferers can’t imagine a world without pain relievers. It seem too impossible for them to survive in that world and having to endure the excruciating pain caused by arthritis. Especially with hip and knee arthritis, those who have it find it hard to move and become mobile since the key body parts for standing, walking, running, lifting, twisting, and other major activities are inflamed. However, sufferers don’t need to always turn to commercial medicines to relieve the pain but there are all-natural home remedies that they can do to alleviate the pain due to hip and knee arthritis:
Indulging your body, especially your joints with physical activities such as strength training, aerobics, and yoga, can help manage the pain as well as improving hips and knee function. Undergoing strength training is actually not requiring you to go to the gym. You can do strength training at home even with some simple stretches and floor exercises. Water-based exercises i.e. swimming can also improve the knees and hip joints’ function, however, it only offer minor benefits to those living with osteoarthritis.
Your hip supports half of your body weight, while your knees support almost your whole weight. Being overweight puts undue strain on your hips and knees. When you think of losing weight, it is not very easy as it requires sheer willpower and strength, however, losing weight can lessen the burden on your hips and knees, and ease the symptoms of arthritis. It might be very challenging at first and sustaining it is even harder, but think about the end result. You will live healthy and pain free. In a 2007 review, previously overweight patients have reduced pain and disability after losing some pounds. Thus, they are recommended to aim for a 5% loss within a 20-week period for the treatment to be effective. However, more studies will be needed to support its effectiveness.
3.Massage using Essential Oils
Instead of harming your body with commercial pain relievers (which are made from chemicals), you can turn to the power of inflammation fighting essential oils. Essentials oils are extracted from anti-inflammatory herbs which can be applied on joints topically. It is an all-natural approach in fighting pain caused by joint inflammation. With the proven power of massage, combined with the inflammation fighting power of essential oils, you can naturally beat pain brought by arthritis. Here are some of the best natural essential oils that you can use at home to beat hip and knee pain:
- Thyme Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
- Rosemary Essential Oil
- Bergamot Essential Oil
- Eucalyptus essential Oil
4.Redesign your diet
You are what you eat – you can tailor fit your diet to what your body needs. Make your body a walking anti-inflammatory by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. If you can include as much anti-inflammatory food as you can to even cover the major chunk of your total diet, from breakfast, lunch and dinner, from tea to fish-based dishes. Moreover, increase Vitamin C intake from natural food sources. Vitamin C does not only help produce collagen (a major component of joints) but it also serve as the sweeper of destructive free radicals throughout your body, which are actually harmful to your joints. The result of one research study that looked into the effects of vitamin C on arthritis is that, people whose diets are routinely incorporated with high amounts of Vitamin C have significantly less risk of having their arthritis to progress. You can also include bone strengthening foods, especially for those with brittle bone condition, which also worsens when hit by arthritis. Here are some of the best anti-inflammatory foods and spices, as well as bone strengthening foods that you can include in your meals: Anti-inflammatory:
- Green tea
- Black tea
- Salmon/any fish that is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
- Cayenne pepper
Bones and joints strengthening:
- Products made from milk (for calcium supply)
- Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi, broccoli, and turnip greens
5.Sniff some Fragrant Spices
Studies show that pleasant aromas like lavender can alter the perception of pain. According to a a blog, Japanese researchers found that lavender can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which can make you feel relaxed and less aware of pain. But lavender isn’t the only pleasant aroma that works as a natural home remedy. Korean researchers found that arthritis patients experienced less pain and were less depressed when they were exposed to the aromas of a variety of kitchen spices, including marjoram, rosemary, and peppermint.