How to reduce your aches and pains, naturally.
Joint pain is one of the most common menopause symptoms. It can be one of the more draining side effects as it reduces mobility and flexibility, as well as putting a strain on your everyday activities. From knee and shoulders to neck, elbows and hands, there are many different places discomfort can occur.
The reason achy joints happen is because our oestrogen levels – the group of hormones that promote development and maintenance of female characteristics and reduce inflammation – decline during the menopause.
Thankfully there are things you can do to help ease your discomfort and improve your overall wellbeing, without taking medication. Below are five natural ways to relieve your joint and muscle pain.
Many are under the illusion that mild exercise is not suitable for dealing with this type of pain. Yet sitting still and avoiding any athletic activity is probably one of the worst things you can do. You’ll seize up, and your mood will suffer due to lack of endorphins.
Don’t let your aches and pains stop you from being more active or taking up a new sport. During the menopause a moderate workout or activity can offer temporary relief to the discomforting stiffness as you warm the muscles to increase healing blood flow to the tissue. Regular exercise such as walking, an exercise class or a swim, will benefit the heart and bones, help control your weight and can contribute to an improved mood.
No matter your age, size or fitness levels, regular activity can assist with stretching sore muscles. Start gradually and see yourself naturally increase the intensity over time as the pain eases.
2. Meditate and relax
Meditation is an ancient tradition, still practised by many cultures all over the world. The purpose of meditating is to create a sense of tranquillity and inner peace, altering consciousness and finding awareness.
Meditation is a fantastic way to help you reduce any joint or muscle pain menopause may be inflicting. The relaxation techniques will enable you to cope with it better and reduce stress. When stress declines, inflammation and swelling reduce, meaning the discomfort will ease.
3. Heat therapy
Applying heat to painful joints is a great way to provide much-needed relief. There are many ways you can increase blood flow and provide therapeutic pain relief through heat therapy to sore muscles, loosen stiff joints and take your mind off the irritation:
- Have a hot bath
- Purchase a reusable heat pack
- Use a hot water bottle
- Apply PERNATON® Gel Forte which delivers a warming sensation to tired and aching muscles
The word ‘massage’ holds a view of luxury or indulgence, but when you are suffering joint pain, it can be a safe and effective way of relieving the aching. The gentle kneading of a massage will help relax the muscles that are stiff and sore, as well as give you time out.
Yoga and Pilates are great stretching exercises to help increase the blood flow to the muscles. Not only does stretching lengthen the muscles, it helps improve your flexibility. Simply practice a combination of gentle and precise movements, that help improve your range of motion, and you will notice the inflammation reduce and pain subside.