Between muscle and bone

Muscles, joints, and connective tissues are the body’s first line of natural shock absorption. Repetitive forces to this part of the musculoskeletal system can cause fatigue-failure and an aggravating source of pain.

When repetitive forces are combined with biomechanical faults, previous injury to a joint, or a rigid walking surface – degenerative changes progress rapidly and symptoms frequently develop.

Getting out of the bed or picking up the newspaper can become difficult tasks for many people, sending waves of pain through each extremity. Instead of your patients “living” with joint pain or using those weak knees as weather predictors, the problem needs to be controlled.

The severity of joint pain can make this sound nearly impossible for patients, but a few proactive steps can go a long way in joint rehabilitation. The best way to restore weakened, painful joints is to strengthen them. Weak joints that receive prolonged rest will simply remain weak.

Getting Active

Joint rehabilitation, in conjunction with chiropractic treatment, should consist of stretching and exercising. This will help patients build muscle mass, joints, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system.

Low-impact activities should be considered when patients begin an exercise routine. The body, and weak joints need time to adjust, so it is important to start each routine at a reasonable pace. Walking, stretching, and aerobics are all beneficial to building up weak bone structures.

Exercise can boost patients’ energy and ultimately help reduce weight, which is a major factor in chronic joint pain. According to CNN Health, “Maintain a healthy weight. It’s the best thing you can do to preserve your joints. Keeping your weight down will help reduce those small tears that break down cartilage.”

Setting aside 30 minutes each day for physical activity is a great way to reduce stress and relieve joint pain. Patients don’t have to be competitive triathletes in order to get the vitals flowing within the body.

 

Heel Strike

It is important for patients to protect their bodies when exercising. Even mild forms of exercise such as walking, can expose the spine and lower extremity joints to repetitive impulses that are created with each step. At heel strike – the moment of impact when the heel makes contact with the ground – a shock wave is propagated through the entire human musculoskeletal system. This shock wave force can be the cause of persistent painful and stiff joints.

In normal situations, the shock of heel strike is at least partially absorbed by a series of tissues and joints. However normal aging, vascular changes, injury, and chronic high pressure can break down the fat and connective tissue that naturally protect the feet.

This common problem can be dealt with simply and cost-effectively through the application of individually designed Stabilizing Orthotics.

By fitting patients with shock-absorbing Stabilizing Orthotics, a significant source of joint stress and excessive strain can be eliminated. Stabilizing Orthotics are designed to assist the body in dealing with the forces of walking and other forms of exercising.

Joint pain can happen to anyone at any age. There are hundreds of different ways to spark tension between muscles and bones. With the help of a chiropractor, daily exercise, and orthotics joint pain can be diminished. The choice should be simple, to no longer “live with it.”

 

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Posted on November 17, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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