“Joint pain” is one of those broadly used terms that encompass a variety of problems. Some people experience joint pain in the shoulder, some in the hip or knee, and many in the neck and back.
In these areas, two bones connect and work together to allow movement. Since they support the weight of the body, and bear a lot of pressure from gravity and impact (walking, running, sitting, etc.), it is important to know how to care for joints properly. Here are some tips to get you started:
While it might seem like contradictory advice, exercising can help improve joint pain by keeping the cartilage “oiled up.” If you struggle with joint pain, running a marathon at the get-go might not be a great idea. But a little movement on a more frequent basis can be beneficial. Mixing up your exercise can help you build strength as well, and in turn provide support for joints that need it.
Nutrition has a big impact on joint pain as well, but perhaps for different reasons than you might assume. Excess weight can put pressure on joints that they are not built to withstand. The obvious result? Pain of course. Eating right will give your body the nutrients it needs to maintain joints and joint structures, but it will also help you achieve a weight that your frame can healthily support.
See a Chiropractor
A chiropractor can work wonders for individuals who deal with joint pain. One of the most beneficial things they can do is assess your gait. This will help determine if your body is properly aligned. Chiropractors can then make adjustments that allow you to distribute your weight more appropriately.
Improper gait or poor posture can put extra stress on the spine, and in turn the hips, which the knees then compensate for, which the ankles then compensate for, etcetera. It’s a cycle that translates throughout the body, so the source of the issue must be addressed. Regular chiropractic treatment can be a valuable part of a wellness regimen, just like a regular workout plan. If you are going for pain prevention or resolution, start with a chiropractor.
*Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or other health care professional before seeking treatment or taking related advice herein.*
Story Credit: Joint pain: how to help your hinges By Rachel Halliwell
Photo Credit: Knee Surgery Rehab Caroline March 09, 20113 by Stephen Depolo. Used under a Creative Commons license.
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