How many of you have, or know someone that has experienced sore, achy, joints? Have you found that getting out of bed is not as easy as it was years ago? Joint pain and swelling can affect any joint in the body, and is often accompanied by stiffness, aches and a feeling of heat or warmth.
At times we think it’s no big deal right? Wrong.
Pain is not only the experience of hurting; it affects how you handle your life, your work, and your interactions with family and friends. Chronic pain needs attention because it can impact so much of your life.
These are the 10 signs that you need to look after your joints;
- You’re experiencing joint pain
- You’re joints are tender to touch
- It takes you a while to get moving
- Your joints click, crack or grate you move them
- Your joints aren’t very flexible
- You’re overweight
- Your work has had an impact on your joints
- You’ve participated in high impact exercise
- You have a history of joint injury
- Your parents had joint problems
Learning to take good care of your joints doesn’t just assist with arthritis – it reduces the risk of injuries as well. It’s never too early to start.
When it comes to joint problems, prevention really is the best medicineDominic King – Sports medicine physician at Cleveland Clinic’s Joint Preservation Center.
Taking care of your joints
To keep your exercises running smoothly and for optimal joint safety, start slowly and get up to speed only after your muscles and joints have had at least five minutes prep time.
Exercise can help you lose extra kilos and maintain a healthy weight. Some research suggests that aerobic exercise – activities that get your heart rate up, can reduce swelling.
Build muscles to support joints
Strong muscles support your joints. If you don’t have enough muscle, your joints take a pounding, especially your spine, hips, and knees, which must support your entire body weight. Weight training exercises help build muscle and keep your muscles surrounding your ligaments strong. That way, your joints don’t have to do all the work.
Enjoy a massage
Massages can relieve muscle tension and help reduce fatigue. Certain forms of massage, such as Swedish, focus on muscles and joints to improve function.
Eating right nourishes joints
Eating a healthy diet is good for your joints, because it helps builds strong bones and muscles.
Glucosamine, has been shown to ease joint pain and stiffness, particularly in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Some studies suggest that it may contribute to maintain cartilage health.