A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bursitis
Bursitis is usually caused by repetitive, minor impact on the area, or from a sudden, more serious injury.
Age also plays a role.
As tendons age they’re able to tolerate stress less, are less elastic, and are easier to tear.
Overuse or injury to the joint at work or play can also increase your risk of bursitis.
Examples of activities commonly leading to bursitis include gardening, raking, carpentry, shoveling, painting, scrubbing, tennis, golf, skiing, throwing, and pitching.
Sitting or standing with the wrong posture and poor stretching before exercise can also lead to bursitis.
Things like length differences in your legs or arthritis in a joint can put added stress on a bursa sac, causing bursitis.
Stress or inflammation from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, thyroid disorders, or medication reactions may also increase your risk.
In addition, an infection can occasionally lead to inflammation of a bursa.
Bursitis is more common in adults, especially in those over 40 years old.
Bursitis can affect your elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, and Achilles tendon.
The most common symptom of bursitis is pain.
The pain might build up gradually or be sudden and severe.
Severe loss of motion in the shoulder — sometimes called “frozen shoulder” — can also result from immobility and pain associated with shoulder bursitis.
If you are planning to start exercising, you will be less likely to get bursitis if you gradually build up force and repetitions.
Stop what you’re doing if unusual pain occurs.
To deal with bursitis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Discover and avoid triggers.
*Breathe deeply to oxygenate cells.
*Alfalfa is extremely helpful for inflammation; take throughout the day; try as a tea.
*EFAs (Omega 3, flaxseed oil, fish oil) help lubricate joints and decrease inflammation.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables, like peppers, tomato, eggplant, and potato.
*Try Epsom salt baths.
*Try hot castor oil packs (apply white cotton dipped in warmed castor oil, cover with plastic wrap, cover with heating pad if desired for up to 2 hours).
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Test for heavy metal toxicity.
*Try Kombucha Tea.
*Ensure proper footwear.
*Fresh, raw pineapple and papaya contain bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme.
*Consider liver support and/or a liver cleanse.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners because they are neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.
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