(Submit Articles) Joint pain can be caused by many conditions mild to serious but whatever may be the reason the pain can hinder normal day to day activities if not relieved. There are over the counter pain killing medicines for relieving the pain but these may have some side effects whereas over the counter ointment and creams for pain relief are safer to use.

Joint pain caused due to muscle strain or sprain can be cured by application of pain relieving creams and gels or massage by warm mustard oil. The pain relieving ointments contain ingredient which can break in to the skin and provide warmth and promote blood circulation to help muscles recover from exhaustion while massage with ordinary warm oil too promotes blood flow for similar effects.

For reoccurring joint pain there are many alternate remedies which can be helpful in relieving it and also to reduce its frequency. Consumption of ashwagandha or withania somnifera is very useful in relieving all sorts of pain as it is a natural pain reliever. It is also capable of relieving pain caused due to rheumatic conditions and improves strength and fitness. Ginger has amazing properties of inhibiting secretion of certain hormones which are associated with pain and inflammation, this property of it makes it helpful in relieving reoccurring joint pain too. Consuming a tablespoon of a mixture made by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and carrot juice in the morning on an empty stomach also helps the body in relieving joint pain.

For immediate relief one can make a rubbing mixture of eucalyptus oil, methyl salicylate, camphor and menthol, this mixture can be rubbed on the aching joints for quick relief. Warm apple cider vinegar is also an instant relief remedy, for some people having sensitive skin the application of vinegar can be irritating, in such cases it can be diluted with water before heating. Another useful pain relieving remedy can be made by mixing two parts of olive oil and one part of kerosene oil to form a paste, rubbing this mixture on aching joints can bring instant relief. Massage of the aching joints by warm mixture of camphor oil and sunflower oil also helps. Warm olive oil massage is also helpful in providing immediate relief from joint pain.

Hot and cold compresses can also bring quick relief by improving blood flow and relaxing the muscles and ligaments of the joints. Hot water bath also relieves all sorts of pain in the body. Light exercises like aerobics, swimming, jogging and walking can also be helpful in relieving pain by improving their strength and endurance. Yoga poses like 'gomukhasana' is very helpful in relieving joint pain. Breathing exercises in yoga can improve the functioning of cardio-vascular system and oxygenation of the whole body which is helpful in treating all sorts of pain and disorders of the body. Hydrotherapy, TENS and mobilization therapy are also useful methods of relieving joint pain if the pain is persistent and progressive, normally such pains occur due to underlying medical condition like arthritis.

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