CONDITION: Joint Pain
OVERVIEW: Over 30% of adults living in the US report experiencing some type of joint pain within the last 30 days. Joint pain can be caused from many conditions and can arise from issues relating to the cartilage, tendons, ligaments, bone, and muscle around a joint. The joints that are often affected by joint pain include the shoulders, knees, elbows, and hips, but it can affect any joint in the body. The pain can range from mild to severe, and movement can be slightly limiting to completely debilitating.
- Decreased range of motion
- Swelling and redness
- Warmth at joint location
CAUSES: There are hundreds of conditions that could lead to joint pain, but here are some of the most common causes:
Connective tissue diseases
Sprains & strains
WHAT MAKES IT WORSE:
- Weather changes
- Not stretching before exercise
- Processed foods
COMMON THERAPIES: Pain relief often come from oral medications like codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, many of which can cause serious side effects including addiction, drug tolerance, depression, and impaired judgment. Other medications include anticonvulsants, antidepressants, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
NATURAL INGREDIENTS WE USE:
Chamomile Flower Extract: Calms and reduces inflammation
Lavender Essential Oil: Reduces pain sensitivity
Lemongrass Essential Oil: Reduces inflammation & eases anxiety
Menthol: Reduces pain sensation & counters irritation
Plant-based MSM: Deeply penetrates to reduce inflammation
Vitamin A: Has restorative properties
Vitamin C: Supports cartilage production
Vitamin E: Works as a potent antioxidant
- Try the RICE method—rest, ice, compression, and elevation—on the affected area.
- Do qigong exercises to promote wellness and improve joint range of motion.
- Embrace a positive mindset. Studies show that pain and depression are related.
- Use swimming as a low-impact form of exercise.
- Apply our Ultra Relief Cream at the first sign of pain to ease discomfort.
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