Natural Remedies for Bursitis
There are plenty of natural ways to relieve bursitis, reducing the need for medication and improving your recovery time.
Rest is the most important factor in helping bursitis to heal naturally. Avoid any activities that aggravate the condition and choose gentle exercise such as stretching rather than high impact activities like jogging. If your bursitis is in your hip, knee or ankle, you might want to consider temporarily using a walking stick to help relieve the pressure on the joint.
Icing is another way to reduce inflammation naturally. Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the affected joint for 20 minutes, three to four times daily. Some people also find that gentle heat helps to reduce pain and stiffness. Experiment with hot and cold and see what works for you.
Try eating an anti-inflammatory diet which is high in omega 3 fatty acids (found in oily fish, soya products, nuts and seeds), fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Avoid processed or fried foods, refined sugars, caffeine and alcohol which can all increase inflammation and aggravate bursitis.
Prevention is always better than cure, and if you are at risk there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your chances of developing bursitis or having flare ups. Take frequent breaks from any repetitive activities and use proper equipment when working or playing sports.
If you kneel for long periods, wear knee pads. Use a proper lifting technique and wheel any loads that are too heavy to carry.
Regular exercise is a good way to strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. If you are overweight, exercise will also aid weight loss which can help to prevent bursitis. Just remember to warm up properly before, and stretch and cool down after any physical activity.