We all experience aches and pains at some point in our lives, such as muscle cramps, soreness, and severe acute pain. All of these can be related to stress, tension, or overuse. While there are natural ways to manage the pain, the goal is to listen to what your body is trying to tell you.
Muscle pain occurs when specialized nerve receptors called nociceptors are activated, sending a signal to the central nervous system that the muscle has encountered painful or potentially harmful stimuli. Nociceptors can be activated by mechanical stimuli, such as trauma (damage) to the muscle, inflammatory mediators, and ischemia, which is restriction of blood supply and oxygen to the tissue.
Causes of Achy Muscles & Joint Pain:
- An acute injury such as bruises, sprains, or strains
- Increased exercise duration or intensity
- Health conditions such as anxiety, metabolic disorders, etc.
While these are just a few of the symptoms associated with achy muscles and joint pain, it is important to take steps to soothe and manage your pain. The management tools that we are going to share will allow you the ability to conduct daily activities. And your overall quality of life.
Natural ways to manage Achy Muscles & Joint Pain:
- Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Most inflammation in your joints can stem from eating the wrong foods. This diet focuses on a diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods, which is the key to chronic pain management. Inflammatory foods are things like fried foods, processed foods, and processed sugars. While it may seem simple, these foods may be why you are in more pain. Foods like leafy greens, Greek yogurt, fruits, nuts, seeds, fatty fish, and healthy fats will work with your body to fight off pain.
Stretching is a great way to assist with muscle recovery and prevent joint pain. It is easy to think resting will help you feel better or keep the pain from getting worse when it comes to pain. However, resting can make joint pain worse. It is important to stretch to increase flexibility and relieve pain. The more you stretch the more flexible you become, and it can help you navigate through your daily activities with little to no pain.
- Epsom Salt Baths
These natural mineral salts of magnesium and sulfate can relieve stress and sore muscles by dissolving them in a warm bath. Once you run a bath and pour the Epsom salt, it dissolves and allows your body to absorb the magnesium and sulfate through your skin. It also relieves stress and inflammation and assists with muscle recovery.
Incorporating these natural remedies may be beneficial in reducing your pain. It is important to remember that there are several causes of pain, and you should always consult with your healthcare provider to explore which treatment options and supplements may be best for you.
If you are interested in learning more about achy muscles and joint pain, click here to schedule a virtual Comprehensive Health Assessment with Dr. Tawainna Houston.
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