Stiff joints can be a deal breaker when it comes to having fun. They are painful, uncomfortable and can put a damper on anything from the wildest of dance parties to the simple daily walk up and down the stairs. This stiffness is caused by inflammation. Here at Orthohealing, we can help determine the cause of your stiff joints and create an appropriate treatment plan for your needs. In the meantime, check out these stiff joint relieving tips.
Treat yourself. Treat your joints. A massage will help relax your muscles, in turn easing your joint pain. This may not be a long-term cure, however few will complain about having multiple spa days in their future.
Go ahead and sign up for that yoga class you’ve wanted to try. Overtime, stretching increases flexibility and the ability to move. Yoga is a great low resistance way of practicing this. Plus, it has the added benefit of calming your mind. Something you may need when dealing with the frustration of stiff joints.
Take a Warm Shower
Similar to the above-mentioned massage, taking a warm shower or bath can be simply relaxing. It also helps promote blood circulation, releases muscle tension and ultimately eases joint pain.
It is important to find a daily exercise routine that works for your schedule. It will help improve strength and stamina. There are also the added benefits of releasing feel good endorphins and clearing bad toxins from your body.
Eat More Fish
Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids help reduce swelling and inflammation. This healthy fat is found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, trout, flaxseeds and walnuts. Try eating 3 to 4 ounces of fish, twice a week. If you don’t like fish, try a fish oil supplement.
These tips will help you manage your stiff joint pain. However, at what point should you decide to go in to the doctor for a more in depth treatment? If you are having any of the following symptoms associated with your stiff joint pain, consider seeking medical attention.
- Rapid swelling
- Immobility of joint
- Loss of function
- Unable to exercise without pain
- Severe pain
- If you are frequently taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications for joint pain
If you are experiencing pain that won’t go away, give us a call at Orthohealing today at (310) 893-0408.