There are times when being weak at the knees is totally okay.
But unless you’re being proposed to, or taking in the sweet smells of happiness as you prepare an awesome meal, you want your knees to be strong and supportive.
Unfortunately, your knees are not always up to the task. If you suffer from chronic knee pain, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
If that’s you, you’re far from alone. The CDC estimates that by age 85, half of all individuals will develop a chronic knee condition. If you suffer from obesity, the problem is even worse – 2 out of 3 obese people will develop a knee condition.
And while it may seem like the only way to battle the pain of a knee condition is to pop painkillers like candy, you might be surprised to learn that there are simple exercises you can do at home.
Here’s one such exercise from yoga instructor Jill Miller.
But wait, there’s more!
Here are a few more techniques you can use to combat knee pain naturally.
Massage therapy can improve circulation, making it incredibly valuable to those suffering from knee pain made worse by sitting at a desk for hours at a time.
For a simple self knee massage, rub some warm coconut oil (a natural anti-inflammatory substance) on your knees.
Firmly massage your knees in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions for about 15 minutes. Repeat this throughout the day as needed.
Many people who suffer from arthritis and other joint pain-related conditions have an abnormal deficiency in magnesium. That’s where Epsom salt, which contains high amounts of magnesium, comes in.
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Epsom salt in half a cup of warm water. With a cloth, apply it to your knees and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
You can also soak in a warm bath containing 1 cup of Epsom salt f0r full-body relief.
Calcium often gets all the credit for helping keep bones strong and preventing arthritis. But did you know that vitamin D can also go a long way in fighting chronic joint pain?
You can take supplements, get out in the sun, or get your vitamin D from the following foods:
- Fatty fish (not farmed)
- Natural orange juice
- Organic, grass-fed beef liver
- Organic cheese
- Organic egg yolk
Check out this video to find some great tips from David Wolfe about combating inflammatory pain!