How to Relieve Morning Joint Pain and Stiffness
After a long, peaceful night’s sleep, you wake feeling refreshed and ready to start the day. That is until you go to sit or stand up. This is when the joint pain begins. Morning joint pain, whether it is minor or severe, can make it physically and mentally difficult for you to complete daily tasks and activities but it doesn’t always have to be that way.
The aches and pains you experience in the morning from joint stiffness can be prevented by making a few simple changes to your day-to-day routine. Making these changes can help you find relief from joint pain and allow you to start each day with significantly less stiffness and discomfort.
Why Do I Wake Up Sore and Stiff Every Morning?
Morning joint pain and stiffness is so common that many people believe that it a natural part of the aging process, but it isn’t. The pain and stiffness you experience is caused by muscle tightness, worn cartilage, and inflammation that typically occur with arthritis.
Healthy joints, those without arthritis, are surrounded by healthy cartilage. Cartilage is a very soft, squishy cushion that protects your joints from rubbing against each other. For people with arthritis, the soft cushiony cartilage is unable to protect the joints because it has dried out and stiffened.
Arthritis can cause cartilage to dry out and stiffen, but it is usually worse in the morning. It is worse in the morning because you have been inactive for a prolonged period of time. That period of inactivity causes the muscles around the joints to weaken while the tendons, which are usually flexible, stiffen and tighten up.
A lack of synovial fluid, which is used by the joints to keep them lubricated and moving without pain and stiffness, doesn’t provide enough lubrication and is more apparent in the morning. The more you move your joints around, the more likely your body is to produce the synovial fluid you need to keep pain and stiffness away. Unfortunately, because you aren’t moving your joints while you sleep, the body produces less synovial fluid which causes you to feel sore and stiff every morning.
Morning arthritis joint pain and stiffness can happen to any joint in your body. However, some joints are more likely to experience pain and stiffness in the morning. Joints that typically experience morning pain or stiffness include:
How to Prevent Morning Stiffness of the Joints
Morning stiffness and joint pain can be so severe that it makes it difficult for you to get out of bed. Developing a morning routine can help you reduce or prevent morning joint pain and stiffness. If morning joint pain and stiffness does occur, which does sometimes happen no matter how much you try to prevent it, the morning routine will help relieve some of your aches and pain.
Some things you can add to your morning routine that will help with joint pain and stiffness include:
Perform slow movements of the body when you wake up – start your day out by slowly moving each part of the body in small circular motions or gentle side-to-side motions. This will help increase mobility and flexibility. Start by moving your ankles, feet, hands, and wrists then work your way up to moving your neck, knees, spine, and shoulders.
Stretch affected joints – performing stretches that target the specific joints that are stiff and painful can help. This allows you to really stretch and strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons around the joints where you experience the most pain.
Use heat therapy –Use a warm compress, heated blanket, or heating pad or take a warm shower or bath first thing in the morning. Warm heat applied directly to the stiff joints can not only help relieve any pain you experience, but it can help with inflammation that makes it difficult to move around.
Eat a nutritious breakfast – eating a breakfast that is nutritious and filled with essential vitamins and minerals will help energize you, so you are prepared to get up and start the day. A nutritious breakfast, especially one that is filled with foods that have anti-inflammatory qualities, can help reduce any pain you experience throughout the day by helping with joint inflammation.
In addition to creating a morning routine that does these things, you will want to start taking a natural supplement that is designed to help relieve inflammation, pain, and stiffness caused by arthritis. There are a number of supplements that are specifically designed for this purpose.
What Supplements to Take for Morning Stiffness and Pain Caused by Arthritis
Taking a natural supplement that contains all-natural ingredients that have antioxidant or anti-inflammatory qualities can help relieve pain and stiffness you experience in the morning. The best supplements for arthritis morning stiffness and pain are ones that contain the following ingredients:
Chondroitin – natural ingredient that suppresses the body’s inflammatory pathways which may prevent new joint damage from occurring. If joint damage has already occurred, chondroitin can prevent the damage from getting worse.
Ginger – natural ingredient that has therapeutic benefits that are similar to OTC pain relievers. Ginger can reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) – natural pain reliever that has been extremely successful in helping people who suffer from stiff or painful knees
Turmeric – turmeric is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory supplement that helps relieve joint pain. It is able to reduce joint pain and inflammation because of its curcumin component which is an extremely potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It fights free radicals that can damage cells and cartilage in your joints.
Devil’s Claw – Relieves pain and inflammation of the joints naturally
Turmeric Supplement Helps with Morning Joint Stiffness and Pain
Suffer from morning joint stiffness and pain? Consider taking a turmeric supplement like Nuvothera’s Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin.
Many people do not want to take OTC pain medications like ibuprofen daily due to the potential side effects and long-term safety issues. Nuvothera’s Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin Supplement is a good alternative. Studies show turmeric works as well as OTC or prescription arthritis pain relievers but naturally. It can be taken long term without causing stomach upset or serious side effects such as kidney, or liver damage, or other drastic changes to your physical and mental health unlike the OTC or prescription anti-inflammatory pain relievers can.
A turmeric supplement can help relieve sore joints as effectively as OTC pain medications. Not all turmeric is the same. It’s important to take a turmeric supplement with maximum absorption and maximum potency if you want to get better relief from morning pain and stiffness caused by arthritis.
The Nuvothera Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin supplement is the best way to take turmeric because it is water soluble which helps the body with absorption. In addition to helping with absorption, the water-soluble nature of the supplement means you are getting the maximum potency of turmeric.
One of the benefits of Nuvothera’s Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin supplement is that it is all natural. It doesn’t require chemical absorption enhancers or black pepper which can cause side effects.
Choosing the right turmeric supplement is important because it allows you to get up out of bed and start your day without the daily warm up to get started. Make the right choice and choose Nuvothera Super-Micronized Turmeric Curcumin to help with morning stiffness and pain caused by arthritis. You will feel the difference.
Written by Bev Hope, Director of Marketing at Nuvothera, Inc. who has over three decades working to empower patients to lead healthier lives. Bev has personal and family experience with inflammation based autoimmune disease and is passionate about helping and inspiring people with chronic health conditions live to their best lives.