Many people want to avoid themselves from getting the joint pain or arthritis. Unfortunately most of those people only want to do it in the easy way. The truth is, one of the easiest method to prevent the joint pain is as simple as performing a regular exercise schedule. Regular exercise can also help to improve the condition of people who are suffering from joint pain and reduce the symptom.
But, there are still many people who reluctant to do it and searching for an excuse to avoiding this physical activity such as being too busy and do not have time to spare for working out or being too exhausted and do not have energy for exercising.
Well, then again it is depend on your true determination and mindset whether you are really want to prevent or reduce from having pain in your joint or not. But if you do want to avoid from the annoying pain, then it is time to find a way to make regular exercise as part of your healthy life.
For start, here are some simple things that people can perform to avoid from the joint pain and improve your condition;
Walking or low impact exercise – Performing these light exercise regularly for at least three times a week can make great improvement for your joints. For people who already have joint pain, it will be better to perform light exercise to prevent further injury and aggravate their joint pain. If there is any doubt, people can check with their physician to find the right exercise program that is suit to their condition.
Reducing weight – Too much weight can make your joint condition become much worse. The weight will give extra pressure on your joints, especially the leg joints when you are walking. That joint will receive big stress and can slowly damage the joint’s cartilages which can lead to joint pain.
Muscle stretching – But, when performing stretching you must not bounce it. This is to prevent the muscle getting pulled from the stretching movement. The safest way to performing stretching is when you reach the maximum point, you must not bounce it to increase the stretching movement, but you should maintain the condition for about 15 to 20 seconds. After that, return to the normal position then relax and repeat the movement for 3 or 5 times.
It will be better to perform stretching before doing any workout, such as walking and jogging. It is also a good idea to perform stretching every day. Ask your physician to get a recommendation on the right stretching method for your condition to help you with your body condition and the goal that you want to achieve in preventing and reducing the joint, back or any other pain.
Other than bringing benefit for your joint, you need to remember that performing exercise schedule regularly will help to improve your overall health too. So, what are you waiting for? Stop making excuses and spare some of your time to begin exercising right now!
In many cases, a person who is suffering from back pain or neck pain only get treatments directly to the area where the pain is. This action that can be called as pain suppression treatment is quite effective for the emergency or short term treatment. Unfortunately, even though the pain might get better, the symptom can easily comeback.
If the pain treatment is only performed where the pain is located, the root of the problem that causing the pain is not yet treated. In a long term, it will be more effective to treat the root of the disease that causing pain. It is also will help to prevent or minimize the recurrences symptom or pain in the future.
In the matter of whether it is the upper or lower back muscle pain, the best method is to treat the region muscle where the pain is located along with the muscle’s connection toward other muscles by using fascial envelope. They also need to check and treat the muscles which have the same nerve root supply, since the nerve root will disperse the pain sensation to other area that connected to the same nerve root.
The paraspinal muscles, which are located at the spine, are extended from the lower back to the skull. To the bottom part of our body, these muscles are also connected to the tissue of our buttock muscle (gluteus maximus). So, it will be better if the neck pain treatments at least are covering the whole spine region and also with the gluteus maximus.
By using this method to give the right treatment for the people who are suffering from back muscle pain, the patient condition will be able to improve. This condition will be indicated by the improvement of the patient’s physical function and mobility. Meanwhile the method where only directly treating the pain region will not be able to give this kind of improvement.
The pain suppression methods that only treat the pain area will able to relief the patient’s pain for certain period of time without improving the patient’s motor physical function, especially for those people which are suffering from chronic pain. Often times these people will require many medications as part of their pain management, even including heavy drugs such as narcotics to help them maintain their physical functions on their daily activities. Without the drugs they will be immobilize because of the pain.
Hydrotherapy is a unique method that can be used as an alternative treatment for pain sufferers to relieve them from the pain. Unlike other pain treatments, the hydrotherapy treatment has no or little bad side effects.
Hydrotherapy is also called as balneotherapy. It is a treatment method that using water to cure the sickness and to maintain your health. It has several different techniques to relieve the pain or improving your health.
In ancient times, water is acknowledge to have healing benefit, so it is often used for treatment both in physical and mental illnesses. This therapy type already been used for centuries, especially in Asia and Europe region.
How hydrotherapy works
There are many assumptions and theories on how this therapy treatment works. Most of them are related on two natural treat from the water itself which are the buoyancy and the temperature.
As natural element, water has a unique treat that able to maintain either in low or high temperature for quite long period of time. Therefore, this element is easy to apply for any condition from our body.
The water temperature can also influence our body functions when we are put in the water. Certain temperatures can affect our blood vessel dilation and constriction. These blood vessel changes will improve our blood circulation and other substances inside the blood vessel, make body waste removal become more efficient, and improve the healing speed and process.
Meanwhile the buoyancy treat can also effective to relieve the pain. Our body will be fully supported by water, so it will decrease the strain on your muscles and joints. The buoyancy feature is also assist your body to heal and has soothing effect since the water motion will stimulate the touch receptors that are located on our skin. This stimulation will cause electronic impulses that make our body release various hormones that can improve the healing process.
Here are few basic type of hydrotherapy can be found:
Compress – Usually using a tower or thick clothes which is soaked whether in hot, warm or even cold water. The towel then placed on the sick or hurt body part. This is to relieve the pain and improve blood circulation, so the blood can flow smoothly. This method is often repeated as soon as the wet towel’s temperature is changing.
Icing – Using several ice cube that is put in a bag or wrapped in a cloth or towel, often use to reduce inflammation and swelling caused by injuries, and also to reduce the pain in certain body part.
Baths – It is the most common method from the hydrotherapy. You can use hot or cold water depending on the situation to decrease the pain and relief the amount of stress that you are having. It will be more effective if you use bathtub or small whirlpool, so most of your body will be submerged in the water. Many people also add special herbs or aromatic substance just like you would normally found in aroma therapy into the water to increase the healing and stress reliever effect.
Baths are the most popular method in hydrotherapy that is often used to for fibromyalgia treatment. In some studies, after receiving hydrotherapy regularly for few weeks, fibromyalgia sufferers able to improved their muscles and joints function, reducing the pain and able to sleep better.
Although it seems a simple method, hydrotherapy for fibromyalgia must be performed or guided by qualified and licensed hydrotherapists, naturopath or physical therapist. Patients need to get this therapy from the professionals who have good experience.
But you must remember that this therapy is not the only alternative treatment method that can help the fibromyalgia sufferers. Try to consult to your physician to find out about hydrotherapy that is close to your area and to determine whether this treatment is suit to your condition or not.
For people who are suffering from lupus, arthritis, rheumatoid or fibromyalgia which affect the muscles, joints, and even skin, pain is always an annoying companion in their life. Various or combinations treatment could help the sufferers to be able to live along with the pain. But, unfortunately not every method are able to provide consistent result.
Pain medications have become the front line in fighting the disease for many pain sufferers. From the simple drugs such as aspirin to the big gun such as narcotics are used to assist the sufferer to relieve themselves from the physical and nerve wrecking pain, or at least reduce the symptom.
Often those drugs are only able to nullify the feeling of pain, without eliminate or cure the pain completely. But, nonetheless those medication can help the sufferers to improve their quality of life, especially when performing their daily activities.
Massage, therapy and/or other alternative treatments are also helps to relief or reduce some pains. Those treatments can also help the sufferers to relax more, the relax condition is also help to reduce the pain and agony to certain levels.
Taking a shower or a nice warm bath, can relax the sufferers and reduce the joints and muscles pain. Dipping into a hot tub or whirlpool tub and letting the wave slowly massaging the sore places can also relief the pain.
Many sufferers are using bio-feedback to assist them in controlling the pain. But, the outcomes from this method are varying among the patients. Sometime this method could help a person to develop a certain way to decrease the pain levels in a big way; but, with other person it may has no effect at all.
Proper exercise according to the sufferer’s condition and/or situation can also assist in reducing the pain. After trying every possible method that available, in many cases some pain will still remain. At this point that person will has to accept and learn to live with it.