Joint, Posture and Muscle Problems

 
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Joint, Posture and Muscle Problems

There are a number of reasons why people experience joint, posture and muscle problems.  Many are not directly related to a particular disease or injury, but are due to aging, bad posture or a sedentary lifestyle.  In order to minimize the chances of developing joint, posture and muscle problems it is worth making the small lifestyle changes needed to keep the body working at its best, and to protect the musculoskeletal system.

Lifestyle

Simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference to the chances of experiencing joint, posture and muscle problems, particularly later in life.  The following tips can help prevent problems with the musculoskeletal system or reduce the pain and discomfort for people who are already experiencing problems with their joints, posture or muscles.

  1. Maintain a healthy weight.  This reduces the pressure on the musculoskeletal system and minimizes the wear and tear on joints and soft tissues.  Keeping weight to a healthy level increases mobility and improves posture as the joints and cushioning tissues, which provide shock absorption in your body, will not have to work so hard to support the load.
  2. Exercise regularly.  The best way to stay mobile is to keep moving.  Regular exercise can provide enormous benefits to the musculoskeletal system, even gentle forms of movement such as walking, tai chi and low impact aerobics or dance classes.  Building the muscles that support the joints and bone structure minimizes the likelihood of wearing or rubbing between bones that can lead to inflammation and fluid build up.
  3. Eat a balanced diet.  Ensure your body is getting all the calcium it needs to protect the bone structure, and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, which are full of nutrients that help the body absorb calcium and other minerals essential to building and repairing strong bones.  Drink plenty of water to keep the body hydrated and regularly eat food rich in essential oils that help to lubricate the joints.

If problems do develop with the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractor may be able to help ease joint, posture and muscle problems, improving flexibility and reducing pain.  Chiropractic techniques aim to realign the parts of the spine in order to release trapped or compressed nerves and to increase mobility through the back.  The chiropractor works through manual manipulation of the bones, joints and tissues of the back to correct misaligned parts of the spine and enable the nervous system to work at its best.

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