Knee pain can be debilitating. It can affect everything from your job, to your mood, to your enjoyment of life and everyday activities. Typical western interventions include pain relievers, anti-inflammatories and in severe cases, surgery. Except for surgery, these interventions do not do anything to help heal the problem. Surgery is a last resort that comes with its own problems and risks. If knee pain is affecting any area of your life, you can get relief, safely, effectively and naturally. Even if, and I would suggest, especially if, knee pain is something that has just started bothering you, now is the time to avail yourself to some or even all of these remedies to prevent further degradation and limitations as you get older.
The benefits of exercise can be two-fold when it comes to knee pain. Excess weight can cause and exacerbate knee pain. Exercise can help you lose weight relieving strain on the knee joints. Exercise can also strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, stabilizing the joint to relieve stress. Exercise can also stretch the muscles, tendons and ligaments, increasing blood flow to keep these tissues healthy. The best exercises to strengthen, stretch and stabilize the knee are yoga and Tai Chi.
Supplements like glucosamine and chondroïtine, Knox gelatin and bone broth soup can help nourish the tendons and ligaments that connect and cushion the knee joint. Knox gelatin is available at most grocery stores and can be mixed with orange juice and some calcium to maximize absorption. You can order bone broth soup, already made through this LINK to our website or even make it yourself.
Heat will help alleviate pain, increase blood flow and relax the muscles in the area. I recommend using a heating pad or some type of wrap once or twice a day.
There are numerous clinical trials that have demonstrated not only pain reduction for knee pain but also an increase in blood flow to the area to help heal damaged tissue. The increase in blood flow will also help keep tissue healthy. Depending on the severity of the damage, acupuncture can help halt further degradation and even promote healing.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
There are both internal formulas that will heal and relieve pain and topical herbs that are pain relieving and anti-inflammatory. By stimulating blood flow to increase healing along with topical and internal formulas that have anti-inflammatory compounds, pain can be managed, and healing can be promoted.
Whether you have been dealing with knee pain for years or it is something that has just started to bother you, take advantage of these natural remedies to help prevent further loss of function or even gain some back!
Princeton Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Our patients know just how effective treatments are for these and a host of other problems. Steven Hoffman, a New Jersey Licensed Acupuncturist and Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, will provide you with a thorough intake and evaluation and a clear, comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan that will insure that your goals are met or exceeded. Do you want to move past these or other problems? We will help you thrive not just survive!