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When in Doubt, Seek the Natural Way to Pain Relief

By Stephen R. Farris

Is it just me, or does it seem like knee problems are more common in this day and age? When I was growing up, knee problems and the pain associated with them seemed to be more frequent in older adults. Nowadays, it can happen to anyone. Kids and adults.

In more severe cases, knee problems may require surgery. However, the pain in your knee(s) could very well be associated with arthritis. If kept unchecked for long periods of time, it could possibly develop into rheumatoid arthritis. Usually a physician will prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to help you deal with the pain. Unfortunately, many medications could cause side effects, which could lead to other health problems.

However, there are natural methods to help deal with knee pain and some of them could -- in certain scenarios -- eventually make it disappear.

Managing Your Weight

Losing weight and maintaining it is a good start to lessening knee pain and problems. Weight loss can relieve pressure on your joints, especially in the knees, hips and back. Losing weight and keeping it at a healthy range gives you the chance to exercise more and build up the muscles in your legs to give your joints added support.

Speaking of Exercise

If you experience knee pain due to arthritis, there are a few exercises you can do to help keep the joints, tendons and muscles from being so stiff. Try walking early in the mornings or early evening. Do aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise has certain movements that will not put undue stress on your knees. If your local gym or YMCA has a swimming pool, sign up for water aerobic exercising if they offer it, or simply dive in and swim a few laps.

Food for Thought

Certain foods can help lessen pain due to high levels of vitamins and minerals that can act as anti-inflammatory agents. Add spices, such as turmeric, which is known for helping fight inflammation.

One other natural method to help relieve knee pain is to visit with your local chiropractor, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. No appointment is necessary at their over 500 nationwide locations. If you are experiencing pain in your back, joints, neck, knees, arms, or legs, then one of their highly trained and skilled professionals can examine you, make a diagnosis and set up treatment options to help you get the pain relief you need, so you can return to your active lifestyle. 

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.

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