Question from a client: As we get older, staying active can be taxing on our joints, what are some good health tips you would have for older folks like me?
Well you can deal with aching joints a number of ways… I'll list a few in no particular order.
Nutritionally omega 3's are fantastic for aching joints. It is through their anti-inflammatory action that they can help with aching joints. Omega 3's also help with brain function and cardio vascular health(both also very important with ageing). The best sources are found in cold water fish like salomn and tuna but there are also vegeterian options like flax seed oil.
The easiest way for most people to be sure that they are getting enough is through an omega 3 supplement. If there is cartilage wear or damage in the affected joint/s then glucosamine can be of benifit. Glucosamine can aid in cartilage repair. It is also important to avoid foods that can cause inflammation. These include sugar, common cooking oils(omega 6's), trans fats(usually deep fried and commercially baked goods), dairy products, red and processed meats, alcohol, refined grains and artificial food additives(msg, colours/flavours, etc.)
Joint misalignment is a major cause of joint pain and inflammation. Joint misalignment causes sprain/strain type injuries on ligaments, tendons and muscles and can cause acclerated wear and tear of joint cartilage. Chiropractic adjustments act to restore correct alignment to the affected joint. These adjustments can be done in many different areas including the lowerback, mid-back, neck, feet and ankles, knees, hips, hand and fingers, elbows, shoulders and evn the TMJ or jaw joints.
Exercises can be of great help for dealing with aching joints. It is important that the exercises are specific to the particular cause of the problem and find the fine balance between stabilising the area without causing undue stress to the area(through doing the exercise). Often low impact exercises (like swimming, cycling or walking) are used as they can help to build up strength with less jarring or impact of the area involved.
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