Joint and muscle pain is common among the elderly mosty due to arthritic conditions but can occur at any age due to sport injuries, autoimmune disease (SLE, Rheumatoid arthritis) or in cases like Gout as a result of dietary lifestyles high in animal protein, organ meat and acidic foods.
Typically, joint pain can occur in any of the joints of the body depending on the cause. Stiffness, limited movement, swelling and inflammation of the joint can indicate an underlying pathology or arthritic condition. Joint pain can significantly affect ones quality of life where the person affected is unable to do many of the usual activities like walking, bending, cleaning, exercise and other activities.
Here are 5 ways to manage joint pain with Unani Tibb
Warm or cold compress: depending whether the condition is associated with excessive heat or due to cold imbalance, warm or cold compress /pad can be applied for relief. Soaking a towel in epsom salts and applying it to the affected area can also help bring relief.
Cupping therapy: dry or wet cupping therapy can be very effective in managing joint pain by relieving inflammation and swelling around the joint area and improve circulation to the area to speed up the healing process. Wet cupping is especially implemented in acute gout attached where there is extension inflammation and swelling around the affected joint.
Dietary changes: avoid foods that promote inflammation and acid build up e.g. fried foods, animal protein, tomatoes, alcohol, processed foods, sugar and fizzy drinks. Increase intake of green leafy veg, high antioxidant foods e.g. berries, cherries.
Exercises in a heated pool is a form of hydrotherapy s it provides low resistance movements which has less strain on the joint.
Herbal treatment: the use of antiinflammatory, analgesic and diuretic herbs are normally used to treat joint pain which can be given as a tea or applied externally onto the affected area.
Depending on the severity of the condition, an integrative approach may be needed so in addition to Natural medicine treatment, the patient may also require assistance from an Occupational therapist and other specialist as well to ensure the best outcome.
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