Your hard-working joints provide you with both movement and stability. Here are 10 indications that yours might benefit from some additional tender loving care – plus our top tips for giving them exactly that.
It’s easy to take your joint health for granted in your younger years, but as we get older, most of us become increasingly aware of how precious our mobility is. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent age related joint problem, affecting around one in five women and one in 10 men over 60 years old. It typically develops over an extended period of time – some experts estimate at least 10 to 20 years.
Luckily there are a number of strategies you can adopt now to help maintain your existing joint health and/or manage your osteoarthritis symptoms, which may be particularly beneficial if you’re affected by any of the following 10 issues:
Lose weight if necessary: For every kilogram of excess weight you shed, the working load on your knees decreases by the equivalent of four kilos. Losing just 5 per cent of your body weight may be enough to start relieving symptoms of joint pain, but losing 10 per cent could have even more significant benefits
Be active: The more active you are now, the happier your joints are likely to be in the future – but choose low impact forms of exercise (like swimming or cycling), and try to incorporate aerobic, strengthening and flexibility-building exercises into your routine
Try a yoga class: Yoga may benefit osteoarthritis by strengthening the muscles, stretching out tight joints, improving balance and realigning the skeleton – just be sure to tell your instructor about your joint health issues so they can tailor the postures to your capability
Treat yourself to a regular massage: The muscles around your joints play an important role in their stability and functioning, and regular massage may help relieve osteoarthritis symptoms. For example, a pilot study involving US war veterans with osteoarthritis of the knee found that after eight weeks of regular massage, osteoarthritis pain was reduced by 37 per cent and their joint function had improved 32 per cent
Consider curcumin: Curcumin is a naturally occurring substance found in turmeric that has potent anti-inflammatory properties, and may help to relieve the pain, stiffness and inflammation of mild osteoarthritis of the knee
Eat plenty of fish: Try to eat at least two serves of oily fish (like salmon, sardines or mackerel) every week for their anti-inflammatory benefits; alternatively, consider taking an omega-3 supplement
Care for your cartilage with glucosamine and chondroitin: Glucosamine and chondroitin are important building blocks of cartilage, and may help slow the cartilage breakdown that’s a critical factor in the progression of osteoarthritis. Taking glucosamine and chondroitin may also help relieve joint pain and stiffness, and improve joint mobility.
Try clinically proven Levagen+®: containing palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), this new ingredient has recently been available in Australia, PEA is an endogenous fatty acid amide belonging to the endocannabinoid family, and is naturally produced in the body around various tissues as a biological response to stress, pain and inflammation. It acts on the cannabinoid receptor CR2 and is used to reduce joint pain and sports related inflammation. It can be difficult for the body to produce PEA at the site of pain or injury on demand as we age. Levagen+® provides the body with bioactive PEA to aid with healthy inflammation responses and reduce pain.
Written by Go Vita