Apart from causing cold and cough, winter season is a potent trigger for joint pains. It can also make old pains in the bones resurface, particularly in those which have had a fracture earlier. During severe cold, fractures even as old as 20 years can make their presence felt with the pain in the bones that broke. While most people resort to popping painkillers in such situations, doctors advise against doing so. Most physicians will tell you to endure the pain than consume an over-the-counter painkiller.
But you don’t have to endure the pain. We give you some home remedies for tackling these joint pains.
Heat and Cold pack
Using hot and cold packs alternatively eases joint pains to a great extent. Heat therapy help decrease pain, increase blood flow and relax sore muscles and joints while cold therapy reduces inflammation and numbs the areas around the affected joint.
But there is one caution though: Do not use hot compresses in case the affected area has bruises or broken skin.
Regular oil massage provides a lot of relieve to bones and muscles both. It reduces pain and stiffness and help the affected joints to move easily.
One can use a mixture of mustard oil and camphor, coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil or castor oil. But care should be taken to massage the area gently without applying much pressure.
Epsom salt (Sendha Namak), is a very effective pain reliever. Moreover, magnesium present in epsom salt helps reduce inflammation.
Mix two cups of epsom salt in a bucket of warm water. Let it soak in it for about 20 minutes and then have bath. Dipping the paining hands and feet in a tub of warm water containing Epsom salt is also a good technique to relieve pain.
Our age old recipe of having a glass of hot milk with a spoon of raw turmeric powder is an effective pain reliever. In West, such a recipe is now sold under the name of Turmeric Latte.
Turmeric contains curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Apart from reducing pains, it also increases body’s immunity.
Harsingar (night jasmine) leaves
Harsingar is a very common tree, but not many know that it is a store house of power.
A concoction of few harsingar leaves with water is very effective in relieving all kinds of pains, be it old or new. The good thing is having this for a week is enough.
Like turmeric, fenugreek too has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Swallow one teaspoon of finely ground fenugreek seeds with a glass of lukewarm water, daily in the morning. Or you can simply soak one teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and eat them the next morning.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps remove toxins from joints and connective tissues. An added advantage is that it is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus and thus replenishes body’s mineral count. You can have one teaspoon of this with a little honey and a glass of lukewarm water, once a day. Regular use will show excellent results.
Maintain Joint Health :
1 . Stand Right
Keep your shoulders back and relaxed, pull in your abdomen, keep your feet about hip distance apart and balance your weight evenly on both feet
2 . Do not Slouch
Do not slouch when watching TV or using a laptop. It can worsen back pain. Keep your spine erect and sit with both your feet planted firmly on the floor.
3 . Bend with Caution
When picking things up, do not bend from the waist, this puts a lot of strain on the back. Instead bend with the knees and hips when lifting things off the floor.
4 . Avoid Sky High Heels
As much as fashion pushes high heels, in the long run high heels are bad for you.They cause a lot of health problems like spider veins around the ankles, wear and tear of knees & a sore lower back. Save the heels for special occasions and never wear them for more than a few hours at a time.
5 . Exercise Regularly
Stay active throughout the day, go for daily walks, do stretching exercises or take up a fitness program.