Whatever the reason, stiff joints can make doing everyday tasks a real pain in the backside. However, with the right type of nutrition and a few top tips, you might be able to loosen up your joints a little more.
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Hot or cold compress
Applying temperature extremes might help stiff joints. For a chillier option, apply a cold compress or bag of ice to the joint for around 15 to 20 minutes, every day. By doing this, it can help to reduce inflammation and swelling, plus encourage joint movement. It’ll also help to minimise pain by dulling your pain receptors.
Just remember to put a damp cloth around any frozen bags to avoid your flesh from burning – ouch!
For the warmer option, opt for a heating pad, hot water bottle or take a long bath to increase blood circulation and relax your muscles.
If you do decide to have a bath, use Epsom Salts. They have been traditionally used to ease sore muscles and joints as the worm bath may help to relax the muscles, whilst the magnesium within the salts can be absorbed transdermally (through the skin) and may aid with muscle function.
This probably isn’t what you want to hear if your joints are stiff after doing exercise, but it can help. Physical therapy and stretching can help increase joint mobility and reduce stiffness. Foam rolling stiff areas is particularly useful.
Exercise can keep you in shape, subsequently taking any excessive weight off your stiff joints.