Let’s talk about how to improve your joint health naturally.
Ever notice that just as you start an exercise program, you become really aware of your joints? With the best of intentions, you go out and start jogging. Everything feels fine. Until the next morning when you get out of bed, step on the hard floor, and the bottom of your feet complain. Or your knees creak a bit or your lower backaches.
Or perhaps you’re too busy to exercise. You spend hours every day working on the computer. And every night you go to bed with sore shoulders and neck. Perhaps your wrists or elbows or thumbs ache, maybe they’re even a little swollen sometimes.
It’s time to start taking care of your joints! You can slow down the wear and tear effect on your joints with proper care. And if you’ve already spent a few decades abusing your body, your joints will definitely benefit from care.
What are Joints?
Joints are where bones meet. Ligaments connect the bones to secure the joints. The ends of the bones are capped by cartilage which keeps the joint space intact by producing lubricating synovial fluid. Some joints are hinge joints like your knees. A few joints are ball and socket joints like your hips and shoulders. Some joints are sliding joints like the vertebrae in your spine.
Therefore, joint pain comes from many factors. Over-strained ligaments, too little lubrication, worn-out cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a painful condition in which the joint cartilage is worn to the point that bone rubs on bone.
Here’s three tips to keep your joints healthy:
1) Adopt proper body mechanics
First, you must change the way you’re doing things that are causing pain. I have to go over my patients’ body mechanics in relation to their injury to help them realize what they need to do to stop aggravating the issue. That may mean buying better running shoes or jogging on soft surfaces like dirt rather than concrete. It may also mean getting an expo to evaluate your body mechanics during the offending activity. It may mean an ergonomic chair, computer placement with the keyboard on your lap, and screen at eye level. Massage and chiropractic adjustment may be necessary.
2) Strengthen muscle groups that support the affected joints
Yes, strong muscles support your joints. Exercise specific for the affected joint is important. Low impact aerobic activity increases circulation and relieves muscle tension. An evaluation with an exercise physiologist or physical therapist may be necessary to find out what specific exercise you need to strengthen the muscles that support your affected joint. Usually, the exercises necessary to help heal your pain are not the same ones you’ve been doing that caused the problem.
3) Nourish your joints to help them heal
You may be eating all organic, well-balanced meals, but joint healing requires extra nutrients. Many of my older patients complained of joint pain when they ran out of Genesis Gold®. The extra nutrition from the whole plant foods in Genesis Gold® keeps inflammation at bay.
There are joint-specific supplements that have been shown to hasten joint healing.
Glucosamine and chondroitin have both been shown to help repair cartilage. Hyluronic acid helps lubricate the joints. MSM has an anti-inflammatory effect. Collagen can help repair joint damage. Hot herbs like frankincense and turmeric are excellent anti-inflammatories.
All these supplements can be found at most health food stores, pharmacies, or online. Unfortunately, many people take these supplements improperly and do not get the full benefit. So, I’ve put together my favorite joint supplements in a protocol that seems to do the trick. My DMAR Natural Joint Therapy.
If physical therapy, bodywork, or chiropractic adjustments do not seem to last, myofacsitis may be an issue. Fascia is a fibrous plane of tissue that holds muscles in place. When you injure a joint, the body protects itself by splinting the area. The muscles become tense and inflamed and eventually the fascia scars and hold the joint and muscles in malalignment. Sometimes the fascia needs to be released with a deep massage in order to allow the muscles and joints to heal in proper alignment. If the fascia is softened up for 2-3 weeks before therapy, myofascial release works better and faster. Further more, I developed a nutritional protocol to hasten the healing of old injuries prevent scarring in early injury – that’s my DMAR Natural Anti-inflammatory Treatment.
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