Many people assume that as they grow older, joint pain will become simply another fact of life that they will have to deal with on a daily basis. While many elderly adults do experience joint pain, it is not inevitable, and certainly not untreatable.
Joint pain can be a result of many different conditions, such as arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, sprains or other injuries. Often, pain in your joints is a result of the erosion, inflammation, or inadequate lubrication of the cartilage between your bones. This might sound bad, but there’s no reason to think that sore joints mean you can’t lead an active, pain-free life. Here are some tips for managing and preventing your joint pain in a natural, holistic way:
Working out triggers a number of beneficial reactions in your body—it produces synovial fluid, which helps lubricate the joints, as well as endorphins, a chemical in your brain that makes your body feel happier. Exercising your joints can also improve their function and range of motion, and lead to an overall decrease of pain. Just be conscious when you’re exercising. Never work out to the point where you’re in more pain than when you started. Exercising frequently, but for short periods of time is the best way to strengthen your joints.
Sore joints might feel like one of the inescapable hallmarks of aging, but don’t forget that it’s completely treatable, and sometimes even preventable. You can fight back and you can feel better!
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