Joints are the areas in our system where our bones connect. Joints come in different sizes and shapes, but all of them are subject to wear and tear, and all joints can become arthritic. As a person ages, even normal, healthy joints can weaken.
According to recent studies, more than one/fifth of the population is afflicted with arthritis. Whether or not you are in this unfortunate percentage of the population, it's critical to take care of your body and protect your joints to maximize their function and flexibility as long as possible.
Here are a few tips:
• Eat nourishing foods to promote bone strength
• Configure your work desk and chair ergonomically
• Practice good posture
• Try water aerobics
• Exercise regularly
• Take warm baths
• Keep your weight down
• When you bend to pick up something, use your hips and knees. This will shield your spine.
If you sit at a desk a lot, make sure your chair is a comfortable height. If it’s too high, you’ll have to bend to reach it, and this will cause stress on your hips and knees. Make sure your elbows are supported. If possible, use a footrest.
By maintaining good posture, you will enable your muscles and skeletal system to work together to put less strain on your joints. Once you're used to standing perfectly straight, the stress on your muscles will decrease. Good posture will prevent tightness and stiffness in your joints, especially in your hips and knees.
Good posture prevents your bones from crowding each other at the joints, and this helps to prevent arthritis.
Take frequent breaks. When exercising, use caution and don’t put excessive stress on your joints. Your joints don’t like constant use or abuse. However, don’t rest too long or your joints may get stiff.
When you're involved in a sedentary position, such as sitting at a computer, be sure you get up and move around at least once every hour to keep your joints limber.
Foods such as fish and nuts have omega-3 fatty acids, which can help decrease joint inflammation. Calcium prevents and reduces bone loss. Vegetables such as broccoli and spinach are rich in calcium. Vitamin D helps your body soak up calcium. The human body derives vitamin D from sunlight.
• Enjoy a warm bath. The heat will soothe your joints and relax your muscles.
• Use a detachable shower head to focus the water on joints that are stiff.
• Try acupuncture. Some experts believe that acupuncture promotes the emission of endorphins in your body. As these endorphins are released, they help to block pain.
Remember, Joints are the areas in our system where our bones intersect. Joints come in different sizes and shapes, but all of them are subject to wear and tear, and all joints can become arthritic. As a person ages, even normal, healthy joints can weaken.