There are many reasons why we can experience pain in our joints and muscles.
It could be caused by stress and tension, a physical activity (injury), disease, getting on in years, or obesity.
If you have suffered a minor to moderate injury you need to rest. While you are resting, use alternating ice and heat on your injury. Heat treatment promotes blood flow and helps muscles to relax. Cold helps numb sharp pain and reduce inflammation. Alternating heat and cold may help reduce muscle pain. Remember to put a towel between the ice and your skin and never use extreme heat. And if pain persists, always check in with your physician.
To help with the pain and inflammation, try using an OTC (over-the-counter) pain reliever/anti-inflammatory drug NSAID (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). We recommend IBUTAB, which is our exclusive advanced formula of ibuprofen for maximum back, joint and muscle pain relief.
As you progress…
• It’s generally accepted that rest is the best medicine, but when you think you are ready, start doing some gentle stretching. Keep your motions slow and gentle.
• Tai-chi or yoga is a great way to introduce exercise again. Remember to start with an easy warm up and don’t forget to work in a “cool down” at the end of your routine.
• Keep hydrated. Proper hydration helps the body lubricate your joints, which reduces joint pain and inflammation.
• Desk job keeping you stiff? It is recommended that you get up and stretch every 60 minutes when you are stuck at a desk. Walk about, and do some gentle stretching against the wall of your office space. You will feel better and it clears your head.
Change your eating habits
Eat 3 – 4 fruits and vegetables a day. Certain types of foods will help you to get to a healthy weight and have great benefits for sore muscles and joint pain.
• Eat foods containing SULFUR: Asparagus, kale, legumes, cabbage, cauliflower, mustard greens, brussels sprouts, onions, garlic, broccoli, avocado, bok choy, watermelon and nuts. YUM!!
• Sources of VITAMIN K: Leafy greens and vegetables as listed above and fish, liver, pork chops, chicken, eggs, prunes, kiwi and hard cheeses.
• Benefits of BROMELAIN. Bromelain is a combination of enzymes, that help your body absorb proteins from foods and according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. It is only available from a fresh pineapple. Not canned or juice. Both the stem and the juice from the pineapple’s flesh contain bromelain. Bromelain may help reduce the inflammation of muscle and soft tissues. It has also been shown to assist with pain and stiffness with carpal tunnel and arthritis. Never overdo pineapple intake as it may have some side effects like diarrhea and nausea in some people. Check for allergies.
If you find yourself suffering from joint pain and muscle aches, remember to get some rest, take your Ibutab as needed, ice and heat (rotated as needed), and soon you will be back to yourself again. Focus on eating new foods rich in Vitamin K and sulfur, and soon, you will reach your goal to be a healthier and pain free, you!