A Pain in the Neck: 5 Ways to Cope with Joint Aches


Morning joint pain is a common problem that affects millions of people in the United States. You may wake up with a pain in the neck, stiffness in the knee or discomfort in the hip joint. If not managed early after waking, the discomfort can continue throughout the day. These problems can be managed with a few simple measures that can help you start your day feeling more comfortable until your body gets accustomed to movement after a long night’s sleep. 

Stretching Upon Waking 

You can improve your mobility early in the morning by doing stretching exercises immediately, even before you get out of bed. Stretching can help to stimulate blood flow to muscles and ligaments, making it easy to move after the long period of immobility during the night. You can begin by simply lying in bed and stretching your legs out their full length, pointing the toes and holding the stretch for a count of 10. Then, release the stretch. Repeat 5 times. You can also do a stretch of your arms and shoulders, neck and upper back in a similar manner. 

Exercise 

You can also relieve morning stiffness and discomfort by engaging in gentle exercise immediately after rising from the bed. Gentle toe touches can help to remove stiffness in the spine and can loosen hip joints. Forward lunges help to increase circulation in the knee joints for smoother movement. Side leg swings help to improve flexibility in the hips, strengthen muscles around the knees and improve ankle support. Gently rolling the head and neck can eliminate neck stiffness and pain. 

Elastic Bandages 

Consumers can find a wide variety of elastic wraps, elastic-based braces, bandages, and bands that can help to support joints while sleeping to allow better flexibility in the morning. These bandages can improve circulation during the night and help support joints in normal sleep positions. Support bandages come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials to suit your individual needs. More substantial types of braces are also available. 

Pain Relief Options 

Over-the- counter, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, can provide relief from pain that occurs after getting out of bed in the mornings. In addition, pain relief cream like MedPAINCREAM can help with morning stiffness and discomfort that occurs when you first get moving after a long night’s sleep. 

Supplement for Joint Pain 

Studies show that a number of natural dietary supplements can be helpful for reducing joint pain. Glucosamine chondroitin supplements are one of the most popular natural methods for reducing discomfort. Turmeric is a remedy for joint pain that has been used for hundreds for year and is now making a comeback. S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is another supplement that can provide relief for morning stiffness and pain. 

These simple measures can relieve joint discomfort and help you to feel more comfortable as you start your day. Try them, and you will see immediately improvement in your productivity, flexibility, and mobility.

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