Article written for the HighT Blog. Bone and joint pain can stop you in your tracks and hinder your progress in your health and fitness goals. Although designed to handle a great deal of stress, after some wear and tear, your joints may become painful and inflamed. There are many factors that play into joint pain. Injury, trauma, disease or even arthritis may be at the core of the problem, however, there are a few things you can do to alleviate the pain and minimize the stress. 6 REMEDIES FOR BONE AND JOINT PAIN 1. EXERCISE When you are in pain, it may feel counterintuitive to exercise, which stresses your body, but it may actually reduce joint pain. With careful planning, incorporating exercises that increase strength and flexibility may reduce your pain. Sometimes, stiff or tight muscles can put increased stress on your joints. Knees and hips are often most affected. With direction from a physical or personal trainer, you might find improvement in mobility and joint pain by incorporating specific stretches as part of your workout routine. 2. WEIGHT LOSS It’s not new information, but if you are carrying around extra pounds, you are putting increased stress on your joints. When you lose weight, you are decreasing the load which will decrease swelling and pain. Losing weight, even if slow and gradual, will ease the stress on your joints allowing you better mobility and less pain. 3. HYDROTHERAPY Hydrotherapy may be one of the oldest forms of joint pain relief. Soaking aching joints in warm water may help support joints by decreasing the pressure. It may also reduce the swelling while increasing circulation. Be careful with temperature and be sure not to get the water too hot. Consider using some Epsom salts, which can boost magnesium levels to support bone and heart health. 4. PHYSICAL THERAPY If you are still experiencing pain, you may want to consider finding a physical therapist. They often use a variety of techniques specifically designed to help your unique injury or pain. The goal is to strengthen the joint and surrounding muscles to provide relief from pain and to avoid re-injury in the future. 5. SUPPLEMENTS Certain supplements may assist in reducing pain and inflammation in the joints. Turmeric/Curcumin has been studied repeatedly and there are indications that it is helpful in reducing inflammation from joint pain. Many people suffering from arthritis find it helpful to incorporate Turmeric in their daily diet. Others that suffer from joint pain have found that including MSM in their diet may offer some benefits for joint support and pain management. Products that contain a high-quality MSM may assist in producing sulfur in the body, which in turn helps to maintain healthy joints, tendons, and ligaments. If you decide to try supplementation as a means to cope with joint pain, be sure to discuss your options with your doctor. 6. REST Your body needs time between exercise and activity to recuperate and heal. Making certain you are allowing yourself the time needed for recovery by getting plenty of rest and relaxation, may be exactly what you need to cope with joint pain and the daily demands you are placing on it. If you are struggling with joint pain, it is important to speak to your doctor to properly assess and alleviate your pain.