Bundle up, it’s going to be a cold one! If you live with joint pain, you might find that your joints ache more than usual as the temperature plummets. Combined with icy sidewalks and thick snow on the ground, it might make you reluctant to get outside and enjoy the good things winter brings.
Don’t let joint pain hold you back from doing the things you love. Here are five easy tips to relieve your joint pain and feel better this winter.
Enjoy Indoor Exercise
Nothing banishes the winter blues faster than getting active. Exercise isn’t just a great boost for your mood—it also helps relieve stiff and sore joints by improving strength and flexibility, and giving you more energy throughout the day.
When it’s cold and icy out, it’s best to stick to exercises you can do indoors. Group classes like water aerobics and tai chi are ideal if you’re not sure how to begin, or if you just want to meet new people and make the activity more fun. And if you don’t feel like leaving the house some days, that’s okay too—try to walking around more than usual, or lifting small weights (or soup cans!).
It’s a good idea to speak to your doctor before starting a new exercise regime. And if something hurts, stop and let your body rest before you try to continue.
Try Herbal Teas
Many arthritis patients swear by herbal tea. Since inflammation is often a cause of joint pain, the anti-inflammatory properties of certain teas can help alleviate pain. They’re also very warming, and come in a wide range of enjoyable flavors.
Try green tea, which is full of antioxidants, and ginger tea, which many arthritis patients take to relieve stiffness and pain. If you’re taking any medication, it’s best to check with your doctor before trying a new tea.
Relax with Hydrotherapy
A relaxing way to relieve your joint pain, hydrotherapy involves soaking the affected area in warm water. Taking long, soothing baths is the perfect remedy to the cold winter weather, and many patients with joint pain find it greatly eases the stiffness in their joints.
Adding Epsom salts to your bath can help decrease inflammation. Or try adding a splash of peppermint essential oil, which will smell lovely while also reducing your swelling.
Change Your Diet
There are lots of small, simple changes to your diet that can help reduce swelling in the joints and relieve pain. Foods like salmon, spinach, and walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, meaning they can help lower inflammation (plus, they’re good for your heart). You can also take Omega-3 in capsule form.
It’s also a good idea to eliminate certain foods from your diet as much as possible, as they may be contributing to your inflammation. This includes processed foods that are high in trans-fats and sugar, like frozen dinners, and anything that contains a lot of salt.
Wear Plenty of Layers
When it’s cold out, it’s always best to wear plenty of layers that you can strip away as needed. Wearing a few pairs of gloves at once is a good way to keep stiff fingers cozy, and adding a cardigan or sweater under a coat adds an extra layer of warmth if you need to brave the cold. If you do get too hot, you can always peel a layer away.
If you’re looking for long-term relief from joint pain, it might be time to consider alternative treatments. Stem cell therapy is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that has helped many patients find relief, often providing noticeable results after a single session.
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