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Arthritis Is Not Your Boss

By Donna Stark

One of the toughest things to live with is chronic pain from arthritis. From the moment you wake up in the mornings to the time you go to bed at night, your days may be consumed with joint stiffness, pain, and swelling. But that's not even the worst of it. The worst is being unable to complete your everyday tasks and thinking you can't enjoy your favorite activities anymore. Because of this, many arthritis sufferers tend to settle for a life less lived.

Don't Let Arthritis Boss You Around

Understandably, pain can make it seem like you need to settle with painful days, but that's not the case. With the following tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic, you can learn how to manage your discomfort so you can get back to enjoying life once again!

  • Stop living a sedentary life - It's easy to believe you will have more pain if you are physically active, but the truth is, exercise may be exactly what you need! With just 30 minutes of exercise each day, you can reduce stiffness and strengthen the muscles surrounding the affected joints.
  • Respect your limitations - Challenging your body isn't a bad thing, but if you push it past your limitations, you can easily increase the risk of injury. The more you pay attention to what you can and can't do, the better your day will be. This means you may have to ask for help with certain tasks.
  • Consume a nutritious diet - One thing your joints don't need is more stress and strain, so if you are consuming unhealthy foods and have extra weight to lose, you may want to think about changing your diet. Fill your diet with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and heart-healthy fats, and get rid of the rest.
  • Use mobility aids - Sure, the use of mobility aids, such as walkers, canes, or wheelchairs, might be a difficult bridge to cross, but if it gives you increased independence and the chance to engage with others, it may end up being a good thing! Do you want your arthritis to define how you are going to live or will you stand up to it and continue moving forward?

Better Days Ahead

Chronic pain is a tough pill to swallow and not for the faint of heart, but with some simple modifications and a positive attitude, it can be dealt with much easier! If you would like some more information on how to manage your arthritis pain, come on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic! They have a lot of information to share!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Beaverton, Ore.

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