Many of my patients have general joint pain in many joints around their body. I get numerous questions each day from them about what can be done as treatment for this joint pain.
The first thing I would advise you to do for joint pain is get moving! Exercise is going to help get rid of joint pain by making the musculature stronger around the joint and by bringing blood into the joint that will help improve oxygenation and nutrition for any degenerated cartilage. Movement is life.
Next is hydration. Many people are dehydrated and they don’t know it. When you drink caffeinated beverages, soft drinks and pretty much anything that’s not water on a regular basis you are probably dehydrated. Dehydration in your joints means that the joint cartilage gets smaller and you have more pain. Drink some water and cut out the caffeinated beverages.
Now on to nutrition and supplements. Hooray!! Sorry I thought everyone thought that was exciting. The first supplement you should be taking if you have joint pain is glucosamine and chondroitin sulfates. They are usually packaged together in one supplement and it would be good to take a 1500mg dose of the gluscosamine. Next you should take an omega 3 & omega 6 fatty acid supplement. Of the omega 3’s and 6’s flax seed oil has a particularly good effect on joint pain. Tumeric has a long history of being used in Ayuverdic Medicine for joint pain. Finally, vitamin D can help the joint cartilage and improve pain.
Finally, of course, is chiropractic. Getting adjusted regularly helps you joints keep moving and reduces pain. It also keeps the biomechanics or engineering of your body moving properly and in a balanced manor. You may have success with some of the ideas above but I can tell you it will be better if you get adjusted regularly (regularly means once a month for most people).
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