When you have chronic pain of any kind, life can feel impossible some days. Most people really have no idea how hard it is to live with chronic pain. Chronic joint pain happens every time you move and sometimes when you are sitting still. So what can you do to prevent this kind of pain before it gets to the point of being unbearable?
Actually, there are quite a few things that you can do. Healthcare has been focused more on treating an illness or the symptoms of an illness in the past, but we are now coming full circle to accepting that our diet and exercise habits have a lot more to do with keeping ourselves healthy than we have realized in the past 100 years.
Inevitably, our joints deteriorate with age, but that does not mean that we have to just sit around and allow it to happen. Below you will find some tips and reasons for following them on your way to preventing joint pain before it takes up residence in your body. These tips may help you prevent or combat joint pains:
- Movement – Exercise is the normal word for this method of prevention, but for some people the word exercise implies a habit that they have never been able to do quite as often as those exercise gurus like, and the word sounds too hard. Movement is something that we do every day and is a very reachable goal, even for seniors. Moderate intensity is great for strengthening your joints and should not damage them as some higher intensity exercise can. *The CDC and the Arthritis Foundation released a National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis in 2010 listing physical activity as a high-priority intervention to improving the symptoms of arthritis.
- Diet – Studies have shown that diet can improve joint pain. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a study on patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis showed that following a vegan, gluten-free diet showed great improvements in their condition. Joint pain can be triggered by certain foods such as dairy products, meats, and coffee. Taking essential fatty acid supplements or eating foods such as flax seeds that contain these essential nutrients can help reduce joint pain. Foods to avoid cause an inflammatory effect in the body, while foods that help with joint pain actually reduce inflammation in the body.
Foods to eat to help prevent or reduce joint pain include, but are not limited to:
- Extra Virgin Olive oil
- Rainbow trout
- Omega-3 fortified eggs
- Flax seeds, ground
- Simple conveniences – Flip top instead of screw on or off lids, lever handles instead of door knobs, Velcro on clothing, or clothing with elastic waists, keeping plants at waist height or higher, all of these things can help save you from unnecessary joint pain.