Pharmacist share some simple solutions for banishing summertime aches and pains.
9 July 2019| Last updated on 9 July 2019
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Joint pain can be irritating at best and crippling at worse, and it’s certainly no fun to deal with in the summer heat.
More than 10 million people suffer with arthritis or other conditions that affect the joints, causing aches, pains and plenty of discomfort.
“Joint pain affects individuals all year round, despite the common myth that it becomes worse in winter,” says LloydsPharmacy pharmacist Anshu Kaura (lloydspharmacy.com).
“It can affect both your emotional and physical wellbeing, often causing a lack of mobility – however, there are ways in which you can help improve your movement, with lifestyle changes and solutions to support and protect the joints.”
Here, Kaura recommends her top drug-free alternatives to help manage joint pain when all you want to do is get outside and enjoy the good weather…
“Nordic walking has been shown to be particularly effective in helping those with balance or joint conditions,” notes Kaura. “Plus, the poles absorb some of the ground impact, reducing any negative bearing on the knees.”
Check out your local area to see if there are any walking groups you can join, as exercising in a group can keep you motivated to attend week after week.
“You could try something like Flexiseq Gel for drug-free, targeted care for joint wear and tear.
“Topically applied to joints, it delivers deep, penetrating lubricants, helping to support joint health.”
She says: “Warm pools are particularly beneficial, as the heat can help to loosen stiff joints, supporting flexibility.
“Beyond supporting the joints, swimming offers a number of other health benefits, including improved circulation and breathing, lower heart rates and healthier blood pressure.”