Know Why Your Joints Hurt

Know Why Your Joints Hurt

There’s always a lot of talk about painful joints and the best way to relieve joint pain. Acupuncture treatment can definitely help you however what can you do at home. Is there a safe formula and which one? As a baby boomer, myself I’m super lucky not to have joint pain often though many friends complain about knee joint pain especially after running.joint pain

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The hype around pain management makes it a billion dollar industry. Please don’t jump into surgery too fast. I’ve seen people do that and regret it.

Know Why Your Joints Hurt

Do your joints hurt because you’re doing the activity in the wrong shoes? I know I’m supposed to convince you that you need acupuncture, but many people need better or different shoes. This is why it’s important to know why your joints hurt.

My husband experienced some knee joint pain and opted to invest in a running shoe like the ones I use. Call the office for the brand; I feel they’ve made a big difference for both of us.

What if you can’t run, bicycle or walk because of joint pain. First check your shoes even if it’s back pain or neck pain. Our feet affect our entire body.

Food to Avoid if You Have Joint Pain

joint painAfter this, my first suggestion is always food first then supplement.

I’ll share how acupuncture therapy works on joint pain and explore which foods to avoid or might aid you in your battle against the grind of joint pain.

Many people buy into the age thing – stop it! I know you’re as young as you feel you are.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers explored the idea of disease prevention through diet. Their findings showed “cutting back on fried and processed foods not only reduced inflammation it helped weakened immune systems, Try baking or slow cooking meats instead of frying. Eat many fresh vegetables instead of frozen meals.

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You might have noticed I left out grilling meat or foods. That is because it creates a toxin called advanced glycation end product, (AGE).

This toxin appears when you heat, grill, fry, or pasteurize foods. AGEs are hard to digest. They damage individual proteins and our system sends in cytokines, which are inflammatory messengers to handle the problem. It’s a double-edge sword; toxic food and inflammation.

We like to grill too so use lower heat, cook on the top rack, and eat less meat protein.

While some vegetables like tomatoes and other nightshades or potatoes, for instance, can cause inflammation, this is a person-by-person situation. Take them out of your diet for 7-14 days and add one at a time back in for 7 days. If you notice inflammation or pain in your joints, they’re not for you.

With tomatoes try them both raw and cooked as this alters their acidity and that may help you.

 My Favorite Supplement For Joint Pain Hyaluronic Acid (HA)

You may know how luscious your skin feels when we get a massage. What if there is something that can do that to your joints? Hyaluronic Acid is nature’s moisturizer for the joints because HA is the most hydrophilic [water-loving] molecule in nature.

When HA mixes with water in our body, it acts like ‘Jello’. There are thousands of trials mostly in the fields of orthopedics and eye surgery on Hyaluronic Acid. When it binds to water, it lubricates movable parts of the body, such as joints and muscles. Many of our Tao Skincare products have it in them.

Acupuncture And Joint Pain

Because joint pain can be caused by many things and aging is not one of them in my book I say know why your joints hurt. It might be your shoes, your diet, a lack of lubrication which can mean arthritic pain, but it doesn’t mean surgery. Working with acupuncture alongside these home health tips can keep you active and healthy. Try these things first. Want to know if acupuncture might help your joint pain give our office a call.