How to Take Charge of Joint Pain with Chiropractic and Exercise
By Sandy Schroeder
If you are living with joint pain, you may feel like your life is under attack. When you get up with stiffness and aches and pains, everything you want, or need to do, takes a huge effort. Walking, shopping, and biking are not nearly so simple and easy, when every move is painful.
But sitting down won’t work either. When you move less, muscles become weaker and joint problems get worse, while posture often sags. Hot and cold packs may help, but they are temporary at best.
But there are answers.
Ongoing sessions at your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic, and regular exercise may be the way to take control of your hip, ankle, knee or shoulder pain. As you strengthen muscles around the joint, and increase flexibility, sore joints may start to work better.
Your Chiropractor Can Help
The first step to turn things around may be that visit to your chiropractor’s wellness center. Licensed chiropractors are trained and experienced in joint pain. Their goal is to help you find relief, and restore your daily activities, without pain pills or surgery.
The focus on spinal health starts with an adjustment to correct any misalignments, which may help relieve back, neck and sciatica pain. Realigning the spine may also lead to improved treatment of allergies, migraine and insomnia. Many people also report new energy, better digestion and improved metabolism after realignment.
As you continue work with your chiropractor, he or she can help you lay out a plan of exercise to benefit your joints, helping you age well, staying active. Regular exercise helps the heart and sharpens the mind too, as it lowers blood pressure and helps maintain weight.
Beyond the benefits to your joints, becoming more active can help you stay independent longer as you enjoy your later years. My mother followed the exercise route after a heart attack in her sixties. She lived independently in her own home until she was 94.
Exercise Your Options
To get started, think about the exercises you like, and begin shaping a daily/weekly program around your choices. Healthharvard.edu tells us the top five effective exercises are walking, swimming, tai chi, strength training and Kegel exercises.
Whatever you pick, hang on to the exercises that you enjoy most and find ways to fit them into comfortable spots in your schedule. At the same time, make it a point to keep moving, walking instead of driving, standing rather than sitting, and substituting exercise for couch/TV time. Gradually, moving will become a natural part of your day and you may be surprised how much better your joints are behaving.
Whenever you are ready to take control of your joint pain, visit The Joint Chiropractic and get started. Everything is easy at The Joint. The hassle of insurance has been replaced with affordable care plans, and fixed appointments have become walk-in visits with flexible weekday, weekend and evening hours available. See you there.