In your younger years, you may have patched up the occasional headaches and soreness with a pill, for quick relief. Now that you’re in your 40s, they seem to come in bunches more often than not, don’t they? You can’t be running to the medicine cabinet whenever one flares up. So here are a few things you can try to DIY away those middle age aches, minus the medication. For some people, this is the case. Others, not so much.
HOW TO DEAL WITH MIDDLE AGE ACHES THE NATURAL WAY
DULL HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES
This is a common one; an annoying dull ache that comes and goes and seems to originate from behind your head. In some cases, this pain can be coming from your neck instead, brought on by an awkward sleeping position or poor posture.
In this case, you can try hitting the spot for instant relief. Feel up the large muscle running from the top of your shoulder that leads to your neck. Then, using your thumb and fingers, give the space under it a squeeze. Hold for half a minute or more and repeat on the other side as needed.
Another trick you can do is one already familiar to migraine sufferers: give yourself a quick brain freeze! It’s as simple as filling a glass with ice-cold water and drinking it all in one go, taking care to aim for the roof of your mouth.
MUSCLE AND JOINT PAINS
Before reaching for the painkillers, you can try out some natural remedies first. Raspberry juice is packed with anthocyanins, the natural anti-inflammatory compound present in red, purple and blue fruits.
A glass of juice can give you all the anthocyanins you need to reduce muscle swelling and alleviate joint pain, on top of all the vitamins and other benefits you’ll be getting as well.
Nothing calms down swollen joints and muscles like an ice bath if you have the time to prepare one. The cold instantly works by making the blood vessels in the outer layers of your body constrict, helping blood circulation along by driving blood into your core.
If you’re still at a gym, get a hold of a foam roller. Foam rolling works by massaging and smoothing the damaged muscle tissue, and it works best with a bit of stretching. Middle age aches and muscle soreness often come from losing flexibility as you age, and keeping up your flexibility is one good way to avoid soreness in the future.
If you’re on your feet for most of the day, they’ll likely be sore by the time you take your shoes off when you get home. Relax and stretch them by rolling around a tennis ball or a cold water bottle with your bare feet for a few minutes.
You can also try a quick relaxing soak at the end of an active day. Take four peppermint tea bags and steep them as usual in two cups or more of hot water. Fill a basin with water at a comfortable temperature and add the tea for a quick pain-relieving soak.
Overcoming common middle age aches doesn’t mean opening the medicine cabinet every time. If you are working out and exercising you won’t have many of these problems well into your 60s. Get in the gym and get an active lifestyle.