Are Painful Joints Making Choices Automatic for You?
By Sandy Schroeder
Do aching shoulders invariably tag along, as you head for home after a long day on the job? Do painful knees conspire to plant you on the couch, instead of allowing you to putter around your garden? Or are you dealing with sore ankles or stiff wrists that make every day a challenge?
Joint pain turns up everywhere and over-the-counter or prescription pain pills may not supply the long-term relief you need.
The Chiropractic Choice
When real joint pain, from arthritis or overuse, demands attention, visiting The Joint Chiropractic may provide better alternatives.
Stop by The Joint and start working on the problem. The Joint is a complete wellness center staffed with licensed chiropractors, who have the training and experience to help you seek the best solutions.
Starting with spinal health, your chiropractor will use an adjustment to evaluate the health of your spine and your joints. Then he or she will ask about your pain, regular routines and medical history.
Then you and your chiropractor can put together a plan to seek pain relief and preserve normal activities without using pain medications or surgery.
One of the key approaches will be to keep your joints moving, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Moving a joint through its full range of motion is crucial because joints are not directly supplied with blood like other organs in the body. Movement is needed to keep joints supplied with nutrients.
Everything you do to stay active can help. Stand rather than sit whenever you can. Take brief breaks when you are sitting at home or at work, walking or doing stretching exercises. Replace most of your seated home routines, like reading and television, with as many moving activities as possible. Even if you can only manage brief sessions, such as working in the garden, the joints will benefit.
Your chiropractor may also suggest trying tai chi or a gentle yoga. Observe a few classes, and then talk with certified instructors about your pain and your goals. Tai chi, with its flowing movements and gentle shift of weight, is considered especially good for knee pain. Yoga supplies a mind/body stress reduction along with healthy stretches.
- Swimming or warm water aerobics can be especially helpful, relaxing your whole body, and helping you exercise joints with less effort.
- Rowing machines, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes work too.
- Walking may be maintained using a couple short walks or brief treadmill sessions.
To learn more about the chiropractic approach to joint pain, stop by The Joint Chiropractic. The Joint has simplified everything. Private affordable care plans have replaced insurance and flexible weekend and evening hours are available. No appointment is needed.