Dr. Greeshma Nair(B.A.M.S) is a Staunch believer that Ayurveda is not merely a science but lifestyle too. Her holistic approach towards diagnosis and treatment is based on the root cause of disease and gives you a three-dimensional solution to a condition that includes Ahaar (diet), Vihaar (lifestyle) and Aushadhi (medicines).
Any physical discomfort/soreness in the joint regions arises from two or more bones nearing each other. This may be a result of some injury or underlying illness. Generally, joint pain is considered to be a strong symptom of Arthritis, however, it does not guarantee it.
Other reasons behind this pain may be:
Inflammation of the cushioning around the joint or Bursitis.
Overuse of joints of excess physical activity.
Infection in the bone/joint.
Any pain around the joints does not necessarily imply that it is chronic and will carry on for a long duration. It may just be a worked-up area or a totally inactive one.
But if you observe the pain to reside for more than days, swelling around the joints, fever that causes body aches but without any signs of flu; you must go and consult a doctor.
Having joint aches makes you less mobile and feel distressed even while undertaking simple physical activities. If they are severe, you will require some kind of medical assistance. However, if you have just started facing this, there are a lot of things you can do to naturally avoid this problem from becoming a serious thing. If you continue facing these aches for a prolonged period of time, there are very effective joint pain treatments in Ayurveda, that are completely organic and safe
Nonetheless, here are a few handy and effective suggestions that you can try by yourself without any professional help.
1. Warm-Up The Aching Joints.
The application of heat to the affected areas can relieve the discomfort. This is because of the increased blood flow to the sore muscles. It also loosens stiff joints and psychologically diverts your mind from the sensation of pain to that of heat. You can use a heated bottle, gel-filled pads that can be heated, or a hot bath. Heat wraps are also available in the market.
2. Trust Turmeric.
Turmeric, as you must have heard, has a lot of potential. The root possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It can be added to milk, smoothies or even tea. Curcumin is the active ingredient that is responsible for its health benefits. However, it is present in a minimalistic amount, about 3%. So if you have just begun to face joint pains, turmeric will do the thing for you if consumed daily for a considerable period of time. If you have severe aches, then Curcumin supplements are directly suggested to be taken.
The body has a lot of muscles and joints to facilitate movement. If you are not moving enough because you are having aches, it might make your problem worse i.e inactivity might add to the joint pain. Subtle stretches every now and then are required to maintain your mobility and range of motion.
Getting enough sleep is very important to relax your muscles and give them time to heal. Practice such a routine that helps you get restful and reasonable time to sleep. Also, make your bedroom darker and sounder. This helps you get better sleep.
5. Acu-Puncture The Pain.
This Chinese healing technique functions well. How it happens is not quite known but it has been observed to pacify pain. When compared to any other placebo technique, acupuncture actually works fine in treating knee/hips arthritis, joint disorders, and some kinds of back pains.
6. Massage Therapy.
Therapeutic massages can help to relax tightened muscles and improve blood circulation. Massages have been found to reduce pain in people who suffer from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis.*
7. Try Losing Weight.
Sometimes, the reason behind facing joint pains is being overweight. The body weight makes a huge impact on the severity of pain. Extra weight puts more pressure on the bones and joints which may cause discomfort. Reducing this strain on the joints by reducing weight can help you fight the issue.
8. Take The Right Fatty Acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids are very essential to maintain optimal health. Products like fish oil supplements are incredibly rich in omega-3s and they have been observed to reduce joint pain.* Another fatty acid called Gamalinolenic acid or GLA, found in certain plant seeds like Primrose, Borage, Black currants, etc; also helps to alleviate joint pain.
9. Herbal With Supplements
However, it is recommended that you should always consult a doctor before starting any supplement to avoid any possible side effects or hazards.
Meditation reduces stress and enables you to cope with the pain in a better manner. Studies also suggest that mindful meditation can relieve people from painful joints. When the stress levels are low, the swelling and inflammation of the muscles also drop. This relieves the pain.
These are some handy and easy techniques to curb joint pains. If the problem persists, you should get yourself diagnosed for any other underlying issue that might have caused these.