Good Arthritis news article from Minneapolis St Paul motivation Monday
Good Article from Kare 11 Minneapolis St Paul motivation Monday about arthritis and your joints, what it’s about and how to improve and reduce or eliminate your pain. A couple paragraphs from their article follow:
“Many of us middle-aged adults can agree, at some point, your body starts hurting. It can be sudden or gradual but we begin to notice pain in places we didn’t before. It can be the results of demanding sports when we were young, obesity, or aging.
You may feel stiff when you first get out of bed or after a workout. You may feel back pain after yard work or hip pain from a long car ride. If the pain continues for months on end, it is time to go and see your general practitioner or primary care provider to find out what is wrong. And, it is quite common to be diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is known as the “wear and tear” type where the cartilage (shock absorber for your bones) gradually begins to break down. As this cushioning is reduced, pain can begin to be felt in your joints especially those that bear weight like the back, knees, hips, and feet.
Often people’s first reaction is that they should stop exercising to avoid more damage their joints. But research has shown that regular, moderate exercise is better than no exercise at all even when it comes to arthritis. Exercise can actually reduce joint pain and stiffness, help to build strong muscle around the joints, and increases flexibility. And of course – you need to keep exercising to keep your heart healthy and maintain your weight.”
I agree; our joints can cause us much discomfort and stress causing pain or that may have limited motion. These areas are places that connect to our base or torso and those that move like knees, ankles, shoulders, hips, legs, neck. All those areas are very stressed areas in my body as well as most people I meet even when I have massaged our kids and their friends, I often find those joints to be painful areas for the younger folks as well so those connecting areas are definitely important areas to massage to remove stress and increase the blood flow once again. Any time you can squeeze in, when ever you have a moment as they are in desperate need of attention I find and any attention we give ourselves is rewarding.
Simply press the entire joint areas, stretching or moving your hand, arm, leg or hip joint along with the pressing is helpful in relieving the stiffness and opens those areas up for stimulation and healing.
Exercise like they say is wonderful, energizing and beneficial to our health and well being, we in addition find that a good self massage therapy practice for yourself will speed up your recovery process and expediently transform trouble areas into strengthened bodily systems and natural health on the physical side. Nutrition and what we allow into our bodies is an area we could work on improving and take these important issues into consideration for our own personal health as well as the health of our family and friends and yes it all matters.
This is the Aquarian age where we want TO KNOW. We can awaken our hidden natural instincts to learn how to help ourselves and provide a good natural health practice by paying attention to our bodies and its needs. Fast results by physical manipulation of the muscles will surprise you as it has me.
You may want to use the aid of a massage tool so you can save your energy and make it easier to press where your physical body needs body work. We find the recapitulator massager to be the most versatile and effective as you simply have to lean or lay on with not much energy exerted to apply as much pressure as you need to get to the center of that tightness. Happy Healing!
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The end of their article is as follows: “Try some massage, stay hydrated and of course consult your doctor. But even the Arthritis Foundation states, “You may think that exercise and arthritis do not go hand in hand. If so, you would be mistaken. It was thought for many years that if you had arthritis you should not exercise because it would damage your joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis.”
Super duper info from the experts. www.arthritis.org