With the holiday season, we finally have time to visit family or get away on a vacation. If you have to travel far for this, getting there can be pretty tough. Travelling is hard on our musculoskeletal system.
Suffering from Arthritis?
Arthritis is a prevalent disorder occurring at the joints (where the bones meet) in your body. As this is a common condition, many of you have probably experienced it first-hand. Specifically, arthritis is swelling in the joints and is often paired with a painful sensation and restricted motion. This condition has the potential to affect your muscles, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and other internal structures of the body as it progresses. Over 100 types of arthritis have been identified and linked to various factors such as injury, genetics and infections, just to mention a few. Although this is more common in the older population, men and women of all ages are susceptible to arthritis. As a result of the numerous types of arthritis, being diagnosed with which type you have is important for deciding a treatment plan.
There is no solution for arthritis, but here are some general tips that help relieve pain:
- Weight loss, having a lower body mass means a smaller load is being put on your joints
- Make sure you are getting enough vitamin D, it’s good for your bone health
- Get an adequate amount of sleep
- Find something to relieve the stress in your life, whether that means a yoga class, a massage, or just taking the day to relax
The key thing to remember is stay active. Both building the muscles around the joint and increasing the motion are important for continued joint function. Physiotherapists and Chiropractors have been shown to provide an excellent rehabilitative effect, through reducing the symptoms and delivering exercise programs.
For maintenance of your arthritis, consult with our practitioners today.