The sacs filled with fluid, housing in the joints of human body are known as bursae. Bursitis is a condition which results in inflammation of bursae and usually impacts the elbow, hip, shoulder, heel and toe areas of human body.
Symptoms of bursitis vary with area of its impact. Some of the most commonly observed symptoms resulting from bursitis include:
- Stiffness of muscles
- Soreness in the body
- Pain and redness of muscles
The most usual causes of bursitis are constant pressure disturbing the bursae. It may also resulting from repetitive movements resulting in irritation of bursae. Injuries, acute muscle conditions and diseases along with diseases resulting in inflammation of muscles such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and gout are also responsible for ailment.
Although bursitis can affect any one, but old people with weak muscles are particularly more vulnerable to it. More over, people who are actively engaged in activities and hobbies that require repetitive motion disturbing bursae are also more likely victims of this ailment. So, emergence of this condition is a indication of your body asking you to take it easy on yourself and treat yourself to a well deserved rest to ward off the stiffness and inflammation. Bursitis usually vanishes on its own after a rest of a week or two. In fact, resting is the most recommended course of action upon contracting this ailment, but there are also some other home remedies that can assist in hastening recovery and healing of muscles from the stiffness and swelling caused by this disease.
1: Warm Compresses
Warm compresses are particularly quite effective after 48 hours of acute bursitis. They aid in blood circulation and reduction in inflammation and swelling thereby allowing your muscles to relax.
Directions for application:
- Soak a washcloth in warm water for a few minutes
- Squeeze the washcloth to wring out the excessive liquid from it
- Apply the hot washcloth on the affected area for 10-15 minutes in order to help in subsiding the stiffness
- Repeat this exercise few times a day regularly until the symptoms subside
- The warm compression can also be applied with the help of a bottle filled with warm water or a heating pad.
- Washing the affected area with warm water is also an effective remedy in treatment of bursitis
2: Cold Compresses
Cold compresses are particularly quite effective in reduction of swelling and inflammation resulting from bursitis. The cold temperature numbs down the effective area which helps in subsiding the pain. Cold compresses are particularly more potent if applied within 24-48 hours of emergence of symptoms of bursitis.
Directions for application:
- Cover some blocks of ice in a thin washcloth
- Dab the icepack tenderly on the affected areas for 10-15 minutes
- Raise the affected joint above your heart and rest
- Repeat this exercise several times a day until the symptoms of bursitis subside
Note: Direct application of ice on skin might exacerbate the already excruciating pain of this ailment by causing frostbite.
Massage of your muscles with the help of coconut, sesame, mustard, olive oils among other oils renowned for their natural nourishment and moisturizing properties can help relax your muscles and provide instant relief from the inflammation and soreness rampant in the muscles and tendons of your body due to bursitis. Massage helps in relaxing the muscles, assists in improvement of blood circulation and reduces the stiffness and soreness in the muscles thereby providing relief from the resulting pain.
4: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another natural immune booster that is known for its effectiveness in combating bursitis and providing relief from the resulting inflammation and soreness.
Prepare a mixture of apple cider vinegar mixed with honey in lukewarm water and drink it 2-3 times per day. In addition to providing relief from bursitis, apple cider vinegar is also renowned for its skin and hair healing properties.