In our previous article, we talked about natural remedies to relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Today, we are looking at natural ways to soothe muscle and joint pain that can be a side effect of covid-19 and other viruses.
Covid-19 caused unprecedented change around the globe and affected the lives of millions. The virus affects everyone differently, with some people experiencing long covid where symptoms drag on for months either severely or mildly.
Up to 14% of patients with covid-19 develop joint pain and up to 44% of patients with covid will develop muscle pain. This is because viral infections like coronavirus or the flu cause an inflammatory immune response.
Soothing muscle pain from covid-19 and other viruses
Unlike muscle pain from an injury, muscle pain from viral infections can sometimes be hard to pinpoint, sometimes it feels like the entire body aches and feels stiff and heavy. Other people experience more targeted aches and pains from a virus such as aching in the shoulders, knees, and ankles.
The aches and pains should pass once the infection has gone, but some people have been experiencing lasting body pains after recovering from covid. The following tips can help lessen the uncomfortable muscle aches and soothe the pain naturally. Without the use of over-the-counter medicines that may come with other unwanted side effects.
Warm showers or bath
Immersing your aching muscles into warm water is one way to relieve the uncomfortable stiffness and pain associated with viral infections. If you feel too achy to get in and out of a bath, even a soothing footbath can help with pain in the feet and ankles. Try adding some natural Epsom salts or essential oils for added muscle relaxation. Hot and cold therapies are often used for natural pain relief for muscles and joints, but for viral infections, warmth is more effective.
Avoid being sedentary for too long
Most virus infections make us want to curl up in bed, let alone when it just hurts to stand up as many have reported about the effects of covid-19. The important thing is not to rush into any exercise, but to stand up and take a gentle walk regularly, avoiding sedentary positions for too long. This way, the muscles are staying active, and it assists with pain relief, blood circulation, healing, and recovery.
Natural pain serum for muscles and joints
NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are often prescribed to help treat muscle pain and inflammation, but they can come with unwanted side effects, especially if taken regularly. For muscle and joint pain caused by a viral infection, natural pain relief methods can be a good solution especially if the symptoms have been lingering for more than a few days. A 100% natural pain serum that works with your own pain response after being absorbed through the skin is one of the best ways to relieve aching muscles and joints. As soon as it is absorbed, it reaches the cells and gets to work on the pain signals and inflammation. Applying a natural pain serum relieves the aches without the side effects of over-the-counter medicine.
Strengthen immune system
You may not imagine that our immune system is linked to pain, but the stronger our immune system, the milder the viral pain symptoms are likely to be. Strengthening your immune system with healthy food and organic antiviral supplements can help bring down the inflammation and help the body to recover faster. Foods that help strengthen the immune system are those that are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as citrus fruits, garlic, ginger and olive leaf extract.
Each of these tips work together to help your body and immune system recover from the muscular pain and discomfort caused by viral infections. If you are experiencing severe, long lasting muscle pain, always consult with a health professional.
Luckily, most causes of muscle and joint pain from viruses will pass as you recover, but in the meantime, enjoy a warm bath or shower, apply some natural pain serum to those aching shoulders, and give your body plenty of nutrients to recover.