Joint pain is something everyone experiences. Certain lifestyle choices and age contribute to the aches we feel in our bones. While it shouldn’t necessarily cause any reason to panic, it does mean you have to treat it right away. Failure to do so can cause more pain and make it worse. Usually, a visit to a massage therapist or chiropractor can take away the discomfort right away. But, even before going to one, there are things we can do at home to prevent aches from coming.
One word of caution is to never try to realign your bones on your own. Let’s say you’re experiencing Sacroiliac joint pain. This doesn’t mean all of a sudden you should treat it yourself. In cases like these, you should leave it to the experts. Otherwise, for minor aches and pains, there are certain methods you can do on your own. When it gets worse then that’s when you can book an appointment with a nearby chiropractor.
When you notice tissue swelling and pain from a certain joint then immediately apply an ice pack (or anything cold and smooth) directly on top. What the ice does is it reduces the blood flow in the area of pain which then decreases the size of the swelling. Applying an ice pack can help a lot but remember not to go overboard. Put the ice on for around 10-15 minutes every hour on the first day of pain. Then on the succeeding days, you can apply the ice fewer and fewer times. The point is this is something you can do at home before you go see a doctor. It’s a way to try and ease the problem yourself before getting any medical advice.
Warm It Up
If you don’t have any swelling and just feel joint and muscle pain overall then try the opposite of using an ice pack. Taking a nice and long hot shower can work wonders on the tension your body feels. Not only does the running warm water help relax your muscles but the heat actually stimulates blood flow in the muscles. This can remove some tension without even having to book a massage therapist right away. While taking a hot shower is a good remedy, you have to do it should be seen as more of a supplement to joint pains that are more intense. Warm water can help but it shouldn’t be looked at as the main type of medicine to use. For more serious pain it’s always best to consult a doctor right away.
Get Some R&R
Sometimes easing muscle and joint pain is just about getting some relaxation. Too much movement can stress our bodies. So, try staying in for the weekend. Limit the amount of activity you do and see if some of the pain is alleviated. The important thing to do is to try and do things on your own first before going to a doctor. Who knows, some sleep might be the cure to it after all.