Your joints are achy, you want to work out but do not want to take pain medications. What can you do?
Typically you want to hit achy joints from three angles.
First and Foremost: You must check the alignment of the joints in the extremities and in the spine. If the alignment is off, it places undo stress on different areas of your body creating wear and tear that can lead to degeneration and arthritis of the joint.
Secondly: You must reduce pro-inflammatory foods and chemicals in your body. Arthritis, injury and food intolerance are common culprits. Reduce inflammation causing foods like alcohol, sugars, trans-fats, margarine, canola, soy, corn, safflower, sunflower and peanut oils and foods like flours; while increasing anti-inflammatory foods such as starchy vegetables, dark leafy greens, berries and cold-water fish. Grass-fed beef is actually comparable to fish, while commodity beef is highly inflammatory. This relates to milk and butter as well, so grass-fed is always best. Stay with oils such as fish, coconut, egg yolks, avocados and nuts.
Thirdly: You must look for muscle knots, trigger points and facial blocks around the joints in question. Look for highly-irritable spots in the muscles. To release apply moderate pressure to the spot with your fingers, or massage the area for 10-30 seconds to release the muscles. Most patients I work with experience immediate reduction in join pain after easing the trigger points
Exercise is so important to any human being with any condition. The exercise for each individual person just needs to be taught properly. In my 16 years as a chiropractor, I have come across so many people who do not even know how to stretch, let alone exercise. In order to avoid injuries by either over stretching, or over strengthening the wrong muscles (yes you can over-strengthen) you must ask for help from a certified personal trainer. In our studio, we scan for muscular and structural imbalances and weakness and create an exercise plan for you based on what we find. Below are some of the benefits of movement and exercise. Enjoy.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kimberly Maziarz Carlucci DC
Done properly, exercise can "extend the healthy life span and push chronic diseases out toward the end" according to the director of Health Watch.
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