Arthritis_Here_Are_9_Tips_to_Prevent_Joint_Pain_and_Stiffness.jpgAs soon as the weather changes, you may notice that your health problems and pre-existing conditions are often aggravated. If suffering from arthritis, you may find any change in temperature will only make matters worse. In an effort to come to your rescue, we have gathered nine helpful tips designed to help you prevent joint pain and feel better overall. Do not hesitate to give all of them a try to determine which one works the best for you.

#1 Topical medication

The majority of us have the tendency to resort to oral medication in order to prevent joint pain from becoming worse (or even appearing in the first place). However, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can cause damage to the liver when taken for prolonged periods of time. If you want to deal with the signs and symptoms of joint pain in an efficient manner, topical medication is a better option. These can include gels and creams, providing relief from the pain and other associated symptoms.

#2 Warm water

Aching joints benefit tremendously from warm water, as this has a soothing and relaxing effect. You can choose to swim in a heated pool or, if you do not have the time to go out, a warm (not hot!) bath can do wonders for your joints. A warm bath is best taken right before going to bed, as this will help you sleep better throughout the night (reduced risk of waking up due to the pain). It is a well-known fact that warm applications are recommended for aching joints, so you can also use a heating pad.

#3 Herbal remedies

Since ancient times, herbal remedies have been used to ensure both joint and bone health. You can take them as such or apply the desired herbal remedies directly on the affected joints. The most recommended solutions nclude turmeric, krill oil and ginger. Keep in mind that you can take them in different forms. For example, turmeric is available in a liquid form providing maximum absorption. The biggest advantage of these remedies is that they do not have any known side-effects, as opposed to medication.

#4 Supplements & vitamins

Often times, arthritis causes cartilage degeneration and other similar changes of the joints. This can affect overall functionality of the respective joint, reducing range of motion and increasing the risk for joint pain. Joint supplements can protect the joint and even contribute to the repair process, improving range of motion and bringing the necessary pain relief. They can be taken to prevent joint pain as well. Recommended choices include those containing hydrolyzed collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin. Other vitamins for joint pain include vitamin D and calcium, both of which are required for bone and joint health. For the best results, take these supplements on a regular basis.

#5 Hydration

Our joints need water in order to stay lubricated and, even if we are not aware of it, dehydration makes them more sensitive to joint pain. Proper hydration will prevent morning stiffness, helping you be more active throughout the day. The less water you drink, the more intense you'll feel joint pain. Water is necessary for hydration; other beverages, such as some teas and especially coffee actually cause dehydration, as they have a diuretic effect.

#6 Physical exercise

Sometimes it's hard to imagine exercising when your body hurts.  However, arthritis symptoms are only made worse by the lack of movement. The recommendation is to establish a home exercise program and follow it to the letter. You need to stay as active as you possibly can; if not, the joint pain will become more intense and your functionality will be reduced. Do not choose strenuous exercises but ones you feel comfortable with and enjoy. In that way, you'll be more inclined to do them. You can also opt to use additional equipment, such as the elliptical trainer or the treadmill. For post-workout recovery, be sure to drink enough water. You might also benefit from a warm bath with Epsom Salts.

Massage_and_Acupuncture_for_joint_pain.jpg#7 Massage

A massage is not just for relaxation, as it can have a wonderful effect on your joints. Often the pain in arthritis patients is not only caused by the inflammed joints but also by the tensed muscles. A well-performed massage can eliminate such problems from the start, reducing tension and improving range of motion. It can also generate more blood towards the joints that reduce pain intensity and frequency. A one-hour session, once per week, is enough to reap the above-mentioned benefits.


#8 Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an efficient non-conventional medical treatment that can prevent joint pain. It improves the functionality of joints, especially when sessions are performed on a regular basis. Moreover, this form of alternative treatment will help you relax and escape accumulated tension. Acupuncture works to improve general health, so do not hesitate to give it a try to discover how it works for you. 

#9 Yoga

The practice of yoga has been around for centuries and has recently become a focal point of attention. If you want to escape the stiffness caused by joint pain and feel better overall, yoga is a highly beneficial solution. This combination of physical exercise, stretching and meditation is ideal for aching joints. You can also use yoga to prevent joint pain, maintaining an excellent range of motion and keeping your joints active at all times. Plus, yoga can be practiced in studios, at home with TV instructions or even live-streaming so it has become very accessible. (You have no excuse not to try it!)

In conclusion, the most important thing is that you stay active and keep moving your body. You can also take vitamins, and joint pain supplements, as these will help you feel better.

Author Bio: Sophie Addison is a popular blogger and skincare expert. She is very passionate about writing on skincare and beauty. She has posted articles on tips for fine lines and wrinkles, treatment for arthritis, weight loss and fitness routine. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening music. You can also contact her on Facebook, and Pinterest.