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Additional Article Information: =============================== 964 Words; formatted to 65 Characters per Line Distribution Date and Time: Fri Feb 3 00:36:36 EST 2006 Written By: Kamau Austin Copyright: 2006, All Rights Reserved Contact Email: mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Article URL: http://thePhantomWriters.com/free_content/d/a/remedies-for-aching-joints.shtml Kamau Austin's Picture URL: http://www.searchengineplan.com/blogs/kamausmlx.jpg For more free-reprint articles by this Author, please visit: http://thePhantomWriters.com/free_content/d/index.shtml#Kamau_Austin --------------------------------------------------------------------- Toward Remedies For Your Aching Joints Copyright © 2006 Kamau Austin, All Rights Reserved DBA AdPro Media Sales http://www.HealthandFitnessVitality.com Joint pain can really slow you down. Learn simple steps you can take to prevent joint pain from sidelining you. Knee, back, and hip pain is for many older persons the proverbial pain in the backside. Much of our persistent pain is caused by Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and a major source of pain in our joints like knees, elbows, hips and back. It is the result of degeneration of the cartilage in the joints and happens as we grow older. The many symptoms and effects of osteoarthritis are compounded by the fact that as we age, our body loses its ability to effectively repair the cartilage of our joints. One of the prime symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA) is pain and stiffness of the joints. While there is no simple known cure for OA, its symptoms can be relieved to a certain extent through the use of drugs - supplements and other treatments. One of the primary actions you can take for joint aches is rest. You should also steadily avoid any activity that puts undue pressure on the joint. -- An Overview of factors contributing to Osteoarthritis -- Research has shown that obesity is one of the contributing factors for OA. Thus, weight loss is one of the recommended remedies for joint ache relief. Even a loss of 5 to 10 pounds of body weight can significantly reduce the pressure on the lower joints of your body (hips, knees and ankles). Another preventive step you can take (after conferring with your doctor or health professional) is to -- remain active. Joint surfaces tend to show more wear and tear with age. Also, the body does produce adequate amounts of lubrication fluids for the joints as you grow older. This is where exercise proves fruitful. Any movement helps in the delivery of vital minerals to a joint. Also, you can better lubricate a joint if you keep it warm by moving it. An exercise routine for seniors is very necessary to keep the joints nimble. Again, always check with your physician first before starting with physical exercise. The best warm up routine for maturing persons is one which involves gentle stretching. We should usually look towards low impact activities like brisk walking, swimming etc. A non-invasive way of treating joint aches is the application of herbal creams. These are usually absorbed through the skin and are good at providing temporary relief. Check with your doctor because many of these creams may not be strong enough to provide you adequate relief. You can also seek out homeopathic medicines for joint ache relief. Most practitioners of homeopathy recommended the taking of vitamin and mineral supplements in these cases. Some supplements to consider are: - cod liver oil and kelp - minerals like copper, iron and zinc, and - vitamins A, C, E and B-complex. There is a whole range of alternative therapies which promise to ease joint aches. An exotic one is acupuncture. Now, a modern equivalent of acupuncture is also gaining popularity. It is called transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or TENS. Also, you might want to try ginger baths. Even soaks and compresses have been effective for some people with this herb. This is because they soothe the joint through warmth, thereby relieving the soreness. Another potion is warm footbath for aching ankles. Essential oils can also be helpful in this regard (especially peppermint and rosemary). They are purported to be particularly effective if taken just before bed. Some people claim Allopathic drugs can help to relieve the pain and inflammation. Until recently, NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were the standard drug therapy recommended for patients of OA. Examples of these drugs include aspirin and ibuprofen. They certainly help in short term pain relief and inflammation suppression. But recent studies show that NSAIDS might actually promote the progression of Osteoarthritis. This is because they interfere and inhibit the cartilage repairing abilities of the body. Some studies suggest in the case of menopausal women, they even stimulate the condition of osteoporosis and impair the function of the immune system. A good supplementary drug in place of NSAID might be glucosamine sulfate or GLS. This compound performs the function of a building block for GAGs (glycosaminoglycans). GAGs promote the absorption of the mineral sulfur in the cartilage. The use of GLS has been found to produce better results than NSAIDS. Doctors are also not averse to recommending the use of anti- inflammatory herbs for standard ache relief. Not only this, they also supply bone-building minerals to the body. -- Eat Away at Your Pain -- Diet also goes along way towards help with joint aches as a result of OA. You should take care to avoid... - red meats - sugar - some vegetable oils (apart from olive oil) and - alcohol. You might also want to consider cortisone injections. If administered to an acutely inflamed joint, they sometimes give immediate relief. However, be aware that these injections have been proven to harm the bodys immune system. -- Try Supplemental Healing -- Fortunately there are natural products that can give you all of the benefits of stronger pharmaceuticals, but without the potentially harmful side effects. The makers of Phosoplex appear to provide such a product. Phosoplex, available from Amazon and www.BODeStore.com, provides joint lubrication, pain relief and can actually help rebuild the cartilage between the joints. By undertaking some thoughtful lifestyle changes, including exercise, some dietary changes and the introduction of some supplementation, you can go a long way to combating joint pain. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Discover the Latest Health Tips for 2006 at... http://www.HealthandFitnessVitality.com . Visit The Fit After 40 Blog at... http://www.healthandfitnessvitality.com/blogs/fitnessblog.htm to Stay in Tune with Your Health. Article courtesy of... 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