Now I’ve heard of EVERYTHING!
There’s a new study out that finds a “cost-effective” treatment for easing the pain of osteoarthritis of the knees — and when you see what it is, you’ll see why it’s so cost-effective.
Mud bath therapy (yes, that’s apparently an actual thing) led to slight drops in pain, slight improvements in function, and a little bump in overall quality of life over two weeks, according to a new study.
As a result, folks who get “down and dirty” daily and coat their knees in this warm mud mix spend less money overall on care for their creaky knees.
Hey, at least it’s not another drug! And the only risk of a mud bath — beyond how ridiculous you’ll feel to shell out cash to have your knee caked in gunk — is that you’ll need a REAL bath afterward.
But I’m not buying this one, my friend.
See, the folks in this study didn’t just head outside after a rain to roll around in the mud like a pig.
They got to enjoy this “treatment” in a fancy spa where they relaxed in a hot mineral bath EVERY DAY. Not only that, but it was a big social event where everyone got to kick back and hang out for a bit.
You know what this study really proves?
Getting out and getting active — plus a little good old-fashioned heat — is like squirting some oil into a creaky hinge.
And if you want to pony up the cash to do that in a hot spring or mud bath, be my guest.
Just be realistic about your expectations. It might ease pain and maybe even give you a little extra movement, but it’s not going to do a thing about the real cause of your osteoarthritis — and that’s the cartilage crumbling inside your knee.
And as long as that keeps happening, the pain will eventually get worse and, at some point, might even be unbearable.
There’s not enough mud in the world to cover that up!
So even if you choose to do mad baths and Jacuzzis, do yourself a favor and add something else to the mix — something that can STOP the damage on the inside and even help REGROW that cartilage.
There’s a reason glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are now considered “mainstream” in Europe, with many docs recommending them over drugs.
And along with helping to end the pain of knee osteoarthritis, they might even help prevent a deadly form of cancer.
I’ll have more on that in Friday’s Daily Dose… so keep an eye on your inbox!