Title : How to avoid joint pain Previous | Next
Joint pain is inevitable. By definition, joints are the areas where two or more bones make contact to enable movement and flexibility and provide mechanical stability for the body. Over time the cartilage and dampening component of the joint become worn leading to more bone on bone contact. This is often quite painful and typically the factor behind most forms of joint pain and discomfort.Whatever the reason for the causes of joint pain there are some things which we can do to prevent joint pain or decrease the level of pain.
- Regular exercising and keeping a daily regimen of physical activities will help to maintain healthy bones and joints and prevent the early onset of osteoporosis and arthritis. Be careful not to over use or over exercise at one time or this will put you at risk of stressing the joints and muscles causing pain. It is best to gradually increase the level and amount of physical exercise over time especially if we have not done any physical activity for a long period.
- Maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese are twice as likely to develop arthritis and other joint issues.
- Eating a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet and including supplements, calcium, and joint forming supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine, will help maintain healthy joints, ligaments and tendons and help to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis. Eating a regular balance amount of protein in the diet will build healthy bones and tissue.
- Avoiding deforming positions of the joints and constant repetitive movements.
- Try stress reducing activities like, meditation, therapy, yoga. Reducing stress cuts our risk of developing joint problems.
- Stop smoking! Data and research has shown a link to increase risk of getting osteoporosis and arthritis if you are a smoker and may have a detrimental effect on cartilage putting you at an increase risk of getting joint pain form deterioration of the joints and the cartilage surrounding the it.
- Heat also works well to relieve joint pain. Take a hot shower, soak in a hot tub, or frequent local steam room and sauna.
- Protect joints when playing sports. Wear knee/ankle braces when playing tennis or golf. Wear protective gear if riding a bike or skating.
- Alternative therapies are other options to consider suffering from constant joint pain. Acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, osteopathic, or psychotherapy can help relieve the pain.