1. Make Your Own Heat Pad
Fill a cotton sock (don’t use a synthetic fiber, which can melt if heated) with any kind of uncooked rice from your pantry and seal it. Microwave on high for 2-3 minutes. When it cools down slightly but is still nice and warm, place it on a sore, stiff joint for pain relief. It should stay warm for about half an hour. You’ll love how the rice shapes to your body and provides soothing heat. If you have lavender or another fragrant herb on hand, toss it in the sock for a little relaxing aromatherapy.
2. Stir In Some Turmeric
The yellow spice found in curries and ballpark mustard contains a powerful compound called curcumin, which inhibits enzymes and proteins that promote inflammation. Several studies have found that turmeric specifically reduces pain and swelling in arthritis patients. In one study of people with knee osteoarthritis, those who ate just 2 grams a day (less than a teaspoon) had pain relief and increased mobility equal to those who took 800 milligrams of ibuprofen.
- Sprinkle ½ teaspoon of rice or in vegetables daily.
- Or keep some packets of ballpark mustard in your pocket, they’re the perfect dose.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus. Thus, it is useful in relieving joint pain. Moreover, it helps remove the buildup of toxins in the joints and connective tissues.
- Take a cup of warm water.
- Mix one teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar and honey in it.
- Drink this solution daily in the morning as it gives an alkalizing effect.
4. .Get a Massage
According to the Arthritis Foundation, regular massaging of arthritic joints can help reduce pain and stiffness and improve your range of motion. Work with a physical therapist to learn self-massage, or schedule appointments with a massage therapist regularly.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties which can help in reducing inflammation caused by arthritis. You can mix ginger with black pepper then take the mixture and mix it with water. This mixture can be taken three times in a day. Ginger oil can also be applied to the affected area; this can help in reducing stiffness, inflammation, and pain. You can also eat raw ginger, this helps in improving the circulation of blood resulting in pain alleviation. You can also have the raw ginger alongside with food.