Loving Your Joints!
By Donna Stark
Many people tend to have a love-hate relationship with their joints. They love them when they are strong and capable, when there are no problems, when they can wake up, get dressed, and get on with their day doing what they need to and what they love. But the moment they start to feel like something is off, when pain starts to make its appearance, that love relationship can suddenly turn sour. Those same joints that gave them so much strength and mobility suddenly become the source of constant pain and discomfort, and they end up sitting on the couch, missing out on life, and slowly hating the joints they once loved.
Lifestyle Changes That Ease Joint Pain
If you are experiencing that same kind of relationship with one or more of your joints, you're probably starting to wonder what can be done about it. You know that you can take those over-the-counter pain relievers or ask your doctor for a prescription, but who really wants to do that anyway? The side effects are the worst, and the risks aren't worth the problems that they may end up causing. Fortunately, there are some simple lifestyle changes that may help ease your pain.
- Diet - Inflammation of the joints can be the source of pain for many, which is why they often end up with anti-inflammatory prescriptions. So, doesn't it make sense then to try to add as many anti-inflammatory foods into your diet as well? You bet it does! So the next time you are at the store, add some foods such as berries, fatty fish, avocado, broccoli, and green tea to your cart.
- Exercise - Although you may want to sit all day when your body hurts, the best thing you can do is to keep moving! Staying active helps to maintain flexibility in your joints and low-impact exercises such as cycling or swimming help support them without adding further stress.
- Weight loss - Excess weight is a major contributor to joint pain so you may need to consider losing some pounds. You can do this by consuming a healthy diet, exercising every day, and giving your body the amount of sleep it needs in order to function well. Weight loss can reduce the stress on your joints, which may ease some of your symptoms.
- Warm baths - Epsom salt baths can do wonders on your aching joints, so grab some at the store the next time you are there and toss some in your bath! Epsom salts have been shown to loosen stiff joints and help with pain relief.
Bringing Love Back
It's time to stop hating your joints and to start making some changes in your lifestyle! With some simple, all-natural steps you can take at home, you may find it easier than you thought to bring back those loving feelings!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farmington, Utah.