Half of all Americans have some sort of musculoskeletal condition, and you may be one of them. While you’re able to go about your day-to-day life with little to no problems, there may be days where you don’t feel your best.
For those days, it’s best to have some back-up plans in place so you can continue on with your life without distractions and without the need for a doctor’s appointment. Here are 8 home remedies for joint and bone distress you can try.
1. Over-the-Counter Drugs
When you’re feeling a bit stiff and want to lower distress, you can purchase some over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen or analgesics like acetaminophen. These might be effective in providing relief in a short amount of time.
However, do note that you should keep your intake of these drugs to a minimum. Long-term usage can lead to other health issues, such as gastrointestinal issues, kidney issues, or effect on the heart.
If you want to avoid the unpleasant side effects of NSAIDs, then hot and cold compresses are a solid alternative. Which type you use depends on what you’re experiencing.
For instance, if your joints are stiff and you want to loosen up, you should use a hot compress. If your joints are in distress, then you should use a cold compress. Both are also good for reducing muscle spasms.
Hot and cold compresses are an easy home remedy since everyone has towels and running water in their homes. All you have to do is heat up some water (not too hot) and pour it over your towel, or wet a towel and put it in the freezer to chill it.
3. Epsom Salt Bath
This works similar to how a hot compress works but has additional benefits since your entire body is soaking in warm water. Also, Epsom salts have magnesium, which is proven to help with inflammation.
When you feel like you have joint or bone distress, draw a bath and scoop two cups of the salt into it. You can sit in the Epsom salt bath for up to 30 minutes, and the best thing is you can’t “overdose” on this remedy. You can take as many of these baths as you like.
It may seem counter-intuitive, but exercise can help with joint and bone distress. Try to incorporate some low-impact activities into your daily life like walking or pool exercises.This can not only help you improve your health, but also your flexibility.
Jumping straight into a new activity can potentially backfire; the key is to ease into it slowly. For example, if you have a sedentary lifestyle and want to take up walking, start with 10 minutes a day. Then, gradually increase your exercise times so you never feel uncomfortable.
Depending on how you feel, you may also want to take some days off so you don’t strain yourself. Listen to what your body’s telling you and always take it easy.
5. Olive Oil Massages
Olive oil massages are very effective at lowering joint and bone distress. Make sure you have cold-pressed olive oil, as regular olive oil doesn’t have as much healing properties in it.
All you have to do is pour some out and massage the oil over the joints giving you trouble. Do this twice a day.
Don’t wash it off right away. By letting your skin absorb the olive oil, you’ll get maximum alleviation of join issues.
It may sound strange, but you can also ingest olive oil for relief. In fact, taking just 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil can have the same benefits of ibuprofen, but without the negative side effects.
6. Take Daily Supplements
You may already have an assortment of pills to take daily, so adding one or two won’t make a significant difference. There are supplements on the market made for those who have joint and bone problems, so that’s a good starting point.
When you’re looking at your choices and trying to make a decision, these are the key things to look for: turmeric, magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium, or flax seed/ fish oil. These may help with your health and joint pain.
7. Change Your Diet
There are some foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help you manage your symptoms. By adding these foods into your regular diet, you can lower your chances of having flare-ups.
Some examples of anti-inflammatory foods include broccoli, kale, cherries, oatmeal, brown rice, beans, nuts, fish, and turmeric. On the other hand, foods you’ll want to avoid include anything high in sugar, processed red meats, dairy products, fried foods, margarine, and coffee creamers.
By adjusting your diet, you’ll see a difference in how your joints and bones feel.
8. Lose Weight
When you’re overweight, this puts added pressure on your joints and bones. Being overweight or obese can also come with other health issues, such as heart disease or diabetes.
If you incorporate the other home remedies (like exercise and diet change), you might also lose weight as a side benefit. Even losing a small amount of weight can make a big difference for joint pain.
Try These Home Remedies for Relief
With these home remedies, you can regain control over your life and live it to the fullest. With minimal distress, you’ll be able to do things like go for walks or bike rides once more.
However, if you have more serious issues, you should consider consulting with a doctor. Together, you can find the best solutions for relief and comfort.
If you’d like some medical help for your joint and bone distress, please schedule an appointment with us today.