Stop your body from cracking and aching
Joint pain can stop your activities and depress you, or at the very least make them a lot less enjoyable. Many people in the U.S. experience joint pain on a daily basis. In 2006, the CDC reported that 30% of adults experienced some type of joint pain.
Joint pain doesn’t have to be so prevalent; in fact there are simple ways to combat joint pain that many people don’t take advantage of.
Many people don’t realize that posture, body positioning, and undiagnosed but controllable joint swelling that cause stiffness and pain can be helped naturally. Often medications only mask the problem by dulling the pain sensing nerves or temporarily bringing the swelling down…but there’s a reason your body’s not comfortable or the joints are inflamed. These reasons can be easily spotted by a chiropractor.
To start naturally loosening your joints so you are pain-free, energetic and mobile, you can just look at what Kayla, a chiropractic patient did…
Kayla was suffering from extensive joint pain; so bad that it drained all of her energy on some days. She worked long hours on the computer during most days and thought she was doing well by running regularly almost every evening. She thought that she should be feeling great because of her fitness routine.
However, even though she was fit, many of her joints were still very painful and achy.
She was diagnosed with having rheumatoid arthritis and would regularly pay attention to her blood work and the high inflammation markers seen in the tests.
After following a natural therapy regiment from her chiropractor she finally started feeling pain-free during her days and her amazing energy came back again. She said that the inflammation markers found in her blood work were lower than ever. “My goodness I have never seen it this low since my pain started…” she exclaimed.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you have joint pain that can be helped naturally:
1. Does your body feel worse after sitting for a long time?
2. Do your feet, ankles, knees or hips feel worse after wearing certain shoes? Do they feel better with others?
3. Does your body feel worse after sleeping? After working? After eating bad meals?
4. Do you have aches and pains that stick around and you don’t know what caused them?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above, there is a good chance your aches and pains can be resolved by properly balancing your body.
Here are a couple of body balancing tips you can use to feel better quickly:
• Increase your water intake to balance the electrolytes in your body. Water flushes out the toxins that can irritate your muscles and joints and more water will help you think, feel and breathe better…there’s no better joint lubrication for your entire body.
• Get moving; do not let sore joints stop you. Your joints need to move to keep lubricated and healthy. And when you keep moving you also help to maintain a healthy weight. Both of these are beneficial to decrease your joint pain.
• It’s all interconnected…identify and stop food allergies for pain-free joints. If you find that your whole body feels bad after certain meals, you may have a food intolerance or mild allergy that can lead to inflammation (or swelling) in your joints. Be sure to pay attention to how you feel after meals.
• Get examined and treated by a chiropractor. We use “adjustments” to the bones, ligaments, and muscles of your body to move them to what is known as a “homeostatic” state – or a condition where the body is comfortable and moves and functions at its best. We can locate where your body is out of homeostasis and perform the correct adjustment to relax the joints and muscles.
• Consider using glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate supplementation if you have severe joint pain. According to a two year study conducted by the University of Utah in 2010, a dose of 1500 mg glucosamine and 1200 mg chondroitin sulfate daily can help decrease severe joint pain.
• Take care of your back, neck, shoulder, and pelvis posture. This is a tough one to assess on your own, and we do this for many of our clients. It is extremely important that your posture is correct (or very close to it) in order for every area of your body to feel great. If your shoulders are slouched and your neck and head are projected forward, the pain you feel could be in a completely different area of your body – from your back, to your hands, or shooting pain down your legs. Make sure to keep your posture in check.
I love to recommend tips and techniques that help your body feel energized, strong and pain-free. For more great tips and to learn how to evaluate your own posture, check out my free report “10 Questions to See if You are Heading towards a Foot, Ankle or Knee Injury…And How to Prevent it”.