9. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for cartilage and muscle functioning. Lack of adequate vitamin D in the body can cause general muscle pain as well as muscle cramps.
Also, low vitamin D does not allow calcium to reach the skeletal system. Hence, increasing vitamin D intake can be beneficial for those suffering from shoulder pain.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of neuroscience notes that vitamin D supplementation works as a useful prophylactic for muscle pain.
- Vitamin D is best acquired through exposing the skin to direct sunlight in the early morning for about 10 minutes.
- Also, you can eat foods rich in vitamin D, such as fatty fish (tuna, mackerel and salmon), egg yolks and vitamin D-fortified foods like some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk and cereals.
- You can opt to take a supplement, but only after consulting your doctor.
10. Anti-Inflammatory Foods
To relieve shoulder pain and reduce inflammation, include anti-inflammatory foods in your diet. There are many foods that are rich in anti-inflammatory properties that can help provide some pain relief.
Eat anti-inflammatory foods and herbs like tart cherries, olive oil, sage, ginger, turmeric, green tea, salmon, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves, garlic, and pineapple, to name a few.
All of these foods have a place in a healthy diet, and eating and cooking with them is easy.
- Smokers should quit smoking to allow more oxygen to reach the injured area.
- Avoid unnecessary shoulder movements for several days to lessen pain. Also, avoid difficult activities like lifting heavy objects or playing tennis.
- You may also get relief by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine.
- Another option is to apply a gel containing 0.0125 percent capsaicin topically on the affected area.
- Strive to maintain good posture to help your shoulders heal quickly.
- Use a thicker pillow while sleeping to provide enough support to your painful shoulder.