A large number of people have chronic joint pain. Joint pain is caused by many factors which include injury, degradation, trauma, autoimmune conditions, and many other variables. What is important to note is that joints respond extremely well to change.
As we look forward to the new year, let’s take a few minutes to recognize the change. Change happens to all of us with or without our permission. Let us take the approach that CHANGE allows for things to be different or new again. Our perception of change is the largest part of changing anything; how we feel about it. Because we have a choice, we can choose to embrace being open to new things, new places, and new possibilities.
Understanding the range of possibilities is only limited to your power of belief. For those who suffer joint pain, acute or chronic, we all know that is undermines your thoughts, energy levels, relationships, and makes for great frustrations.
If you have access to a Spa or Swim Spa, let’s look at what can be done to assist you with the joint pain. Your Spa will be of great benefit if it is set between 36 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. Bring a smaller tub of chilled water with a few ice cubes floating in the water (to help keep it cool), and set it on the corner of your Spa or Swim Spa. For the affected joint, let us say an elbow or wrist, place the joint in the chilled water for one minute and then for 3-5 minutes back into the spa (preferably in front of a jet). Then rotate back and forth from hot and cold for 30-45 minutes.
The contrasting water temperature can bring incredible pain relief to a sore or painful joint. If it is a knee, lower leg, or an ankle you can use a 5-gallon bucket (20 litres) filled with the cold water for alternating dunking. A change in water temperature by one degree can change blood flow up to 10% over a very short time. This alternating temperature change can increase blood flow, soothe muscles and tendons, and help to improve joint mobility and function. This principle, known as “Hydrotherapy”, is the use of water and temperature to bring about physiological change in the human body for healing purposes. For more chronic or injured joints, the best results are found by doing this daily until the joints begin to feel better. The daily hydrotherapy routine can be amazingly helpful for even the worst of joints.
How change can help:
Think of the bigger scale of things, with about 4 billion people on the earth, if everyone helped others with two things every day, we would have 8 billion assisting factors that could quickly change our planet for the better, making our lives more meaningful and the world a better place.
They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. Andy Warhol
Only I can Change my life. No one can do it for me. Carol Burnett
DISCLAIMER: The advice given in the blogs is about creating new ideas and possibilities that people might not have thought of for helping themselves. Some of the ideas are from recent or past research, some are from helping patients find solutions in clinical settings, and some are things that have worked for several patients. The main point is that we are not diagnosing your condition, its level, the many symptoms and issues that can come with any disorder, and making direct recommendations to your specific condition. These ideas are meant to spark ideas that you can discuss with your health practitioner and get direct advice on your specific condition. This gives you the greatest level of protection and knowing that if you take the ideas and put them into practice that they will not harm you in any way.
Be Well and Choose Happiness.