Best Natural Remedies for Muscle, Joint and Body Aches
Body aches and pains are often attributed to just "getting old", however that isn't always the case! At VERO in West Des Moines, Iowa, we see patients young and "old" who are experiencing muscle, joint and body aches who benefit from neurologically-based chiropractic care.
Causes Of Muscle, Joint and Body Aches
The actual cause of pain found in the muscles, joints and body can be difficult to self-diagnose. If you have had an obvious injury, such as stressing a joint through a repetitive pattern at work, dislocating a shoulder playing sports, or pinching a nerve by falling asleep in an awkward position, the source of your immediate pain may be obvious.
However, when pain develops slowly over time without the occurrence of an obvious injury or accident, or when the pain from an injury has become chronic and the source becomes unknown, you may be in need of a more thorough assessment to determine the actual source. Hint - That's when you should call us at VERO in West Des Moines, Iowa and let us give you a neurological evaluation to check for misalignments in your spine and nervous system!
Natural Remedies For Body Aches and Pains
If stopping in to see us or the closest neurologically-based chiropractor near you isn't an option, then there are several natural remedies you can do at home to ease the discomfort and pain you are experiencing in your muscles, joints and body.
1. Epsom Salt Soak
A classic remedy for sore muscles and joints is to take a relaxing bath with Epsom Salts. High in magnesium and sulfates, Epsom salts are easily absorbed through the skin to provide quick relief as they lower inflammation, reduce muscle spasms and relax tense areas. Add two cups of salts to warm bathwater and soak for at least twenty minutes. Repeat as needed.
2. Hot and Cold Packs
For a more immediate relief to joint pain, try a hot-and-cold approach to pain management. Apply a hot compress to the impacted area for twenty minutes. Immediately follow that with a cold ice pack for another twenty minutes. Try this technique every day if possible. Also, keep the area elevated if the swelling is bad.
3. Getting Enough Movement & Exercise
Being inactive can actually worsen joint pain in the body. Tension in the leg muscles can often be responsible for added stress placed on the knees and hips. This is due to the fact that weak muscles contribute to instability, increasing the risk for injuries and compensation on other areas of the body. Regular exercise can help strengthen and stretch affected joints and muscles, often reducing pain.
4. Collagen & Other Natural Supplements
Collagen is the type of protein found in our bodies that helps build joints and keeps connective tissue strong. Containing 19 different amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, Collagen has an essential role in both mental and physical health, including keeping us pain-free. Collagen acts like a natural glue in the body, holding our skin and joints together, as well as supports healthy muscle growth, healing artery walls, boosting energy, and helping our bodies to recover. Natural ways to include more collagen in your diet are to consume foods that are very high in protein, such as beef, chicken, fish and egg shell membranes. Collagen can also be found in supplement form, such as in collagen protein powders, or obtained naturally from consuming real bone broth.
5. Neurologically-Based Chiropractic Care
Due to the complexity of the joints and the vast number of possible causes of your leg or arm pain, it is important to have a professional evaluation to determine the source. Using a combination of a thorough review of your medical history, a physical examination, and advanced imaging techniques, a chiropractor can get a comprehensive picture that will lead to the root cause of your pain.
Using non-invasive and carefully applied adjustments, chiropractors assist the body in gently repositioning the vertebrae which can provide both instant and long term relief. If you are experiencing arm or leg pain, don't wait for it to become unbearable, schedule a consultation with our team at VERO in West Des Moines today.
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