Earthing or Grounding for Joint Pain Relief
The term “earthing” or “grounding” refers to bringing the body into conductive contact with the earth. This can have far-reaching benefits such as enhancing your body’s ability to heal itself, supporting the immune system, reducing inflammation and reducing recovery time after injuries.
The earth’s surface holds a subtle negative electrical charge. It is rich in what are known as free electrons. When you walk barefoot outside, the soles of your feet come into direct contact with the earth. This brings your body into balance with the earth’s electrical field.
In the book Bioelectromagnetic and Subtle Energy Medicine, James L. Oschman explains:
“The human body is a conductor of electricity and so is the earth. “Grounded” or “earthed” means that our bodies are conductively coupled or electrically coupled with the surface of the earth and its abundant supply of electrons. This is a natural condition in which earth’s free or mobile electrons spread over and into our bodies, stabilizing our internal electrical environment.”
These free electrons work in a similar way to antioxidants. Antioxidants are the compounds found in food and supplements and help to neutralize harmful free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules, which cause damage to cells and may contribute to a wide range of diseases as well as speeding up the ageing process.
Earthing yourself, either by walking barefoot outside or using an indoor earthing system, may help reduce free radicals and restore your natural biological rhythms.
Earthing can help reduce inflammation. It does this by regulating levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol is associated with stress and inflammation. The ability to influence cortisol levels in the body makes earthing an ideal solution for conditions such as joint pain and arthritis.
Earthing can be done by simply stepping outside and kicking off your shoes, or by using an indoor earthing product such as an earthing underlay, mat, or pad.