It may seem like a paradox, but exercise is a good way to combat joint pain. Yes, those endless (feeling) minutes spent of twisty yoga, striding on the treadmill, or Sweating to the Oldies can actually prevent futureoften long-lastingissues in your body"s vital joints. Like flu shots, oil changes, and visits to the dentist, preventive use of movement and chiropractic care mean less pain later on.
Our joints allow us to stand, move, type, dance, and live daily life but if they"re creaky from age, illness, or injury things grind to a halt. While some pains are inevitablethe CDC reports that one in four American adults suffer from arthritis alonethey don"t have to be debilitating.
As with any medical issue, talk to your primary care physician to determine the underlying cause of joint pain. Often, diagnosing it early means your team can provide exercises, medications, and a treatment path to keep things from getting worse. Ask about exercise and complementary care options like chiropractic treatments provided by Dr. Chani Henderson of Family & Sports Chiropractic Clinic.
The American Chiropractic Association explains that "Without joints, we would be rigid and immobile. But they are also often injured, causing pain and discomfort. The most commonly injured joints are the knees, shoulders, ankles and spine. Approximately 30 million doctor visits a year are due to knee and shoulder injuries alone. Some 150 million to 200 million cases of back pain send people to the doctor every yearand many of those are related to joint injuries."
Kids benefit from chiropractic care and getting outside and moving their bodies, too
The ACA recommends movement, healthy exercise, and proper nutrition and lifestyle to keep your joints working smoothly. "Moving a joint through its full range of motion serves several important purposes. Joints are not supplied directly with blood as are other organs within the body, so the saying "If you don"t use it, you"ll lose it" applies to joint functionCartilage within a joint is nourished by synovial fluid, which is "forced" into the joint cartilage through a process called imbibition. The pressure within the joint providing nourishment to the cartilage occurs only when joint movement happens."
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