Joint Health 101

Joint Health 101

A common problem we see in our practice is people dealing with joint issues. Shoulders, knees, ankles, and even the spine (facet joints) are often prone to instability, imbalance, and injury. The best way to keep your joints healthy is to realize what common challenges your joints are facing, and what you can do to support good joint health!

Challenges:

Wear & Tear- Exercise is essential for good health & wellness. Living an active lifestyle may lead to minor injuries due to wear & tear on the joints. Athletes of all types and levels are always pushing for the next personal best! Be smart about how you’re going to reach that goal injury free.

Aging- As you age you are more prone to joint challenges. This is a natural part of growing older, but you can still be proactive about increasing quality of life in your older age.

Ergonomics (Tech Neck)- If you are a student who sits all day in the classroom, work a 9 to 5 desk job, or you’re someone who is staring down at your phone all day then you are probably suffering from improper posture (ergonomics) that can lead to increased joint stress, which over time can lead to joint pain.

How to Support Joint Health:

  1. Proper Diet- A Mediterranean diet is a great start towards a more healthy, balanced, and anti-inflammatory eating lifestyle. Remember to eat a variety of fruits & veggies. Choose complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, and whole grains. Go for lean proteins. Add healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, and fish to your diet.
  2. Proper Movement- Be sure you are using proper ergonomics & posture when sitting, sleeping, and working out. Remember that strong muscles help with joint stability. Improved flexibility will improve joint range of motion. Look at what movements you are doing in your daily exercises. Try to incorporate stretching, resistance training, and low impact activities into your plan to help keep your joints healthy.
  3. Chiropractic- Regular adjustments can help with proper ergonomics, posture, and any imbalances to the musculoskeletal system, and being sure your joints are moving properly.
  4. Nutritional Supplements- Supplements may help joint health in a proactive or reactive (after injury) way.
    • Boswellia- Anti-inflammatory
    • Turmeric- Anti- inflammatory
    • Glucosamine- May help with cartilage health
    • Omega-3’s (fish oil)- Anti-inflammatory
    • Gotu Kola- May improve blood circulation & reduce swelling

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30 Day Challenge

True Health And Wellness (THAW) 30-Day Challenge

Our flagship THAW 30 Day Challenge is going to be taking place at EnerjiBarre in Tustin!

 

Here is a breakdown of this month’s challenge:

What: 3 classes (at least) per week for 30 days

Who: True Health & Wellness vs. EnerjiBarre

Where: EnerjiBarre

When: The month of March

We will be documenting the struggles, successes, and insights we experience while striving to live a true health and wellness lifestyle. We will be posting all the latest updates on our blog, YouTube channel, Instagram, and Facebook.

We hope these challenges will give us first hand insights about how to bring a better, healthier lifestyle to our patients and ourselves. We want to be walking the walk & talking the talk of a true health and wellness lifestyle.

Let us know if you have any recommendations for our next challenge!

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Keep Exercising

It is around this time of the year that people stop going to the gym, or stop trying to accomplish the resolutions they made for the New Year. There is approximately an 80% drop off rate by the second week of February at gyms. So if you feel like giving up, or like it’s just not going to happen this year, think again! Now is a good time to reevaluate your situation and modify your goals. Take a break, try something new, and get motivated again!

More gyms are doing their best to serve the individual. Besides just regular gyms there are sports gyms (if you like racquetball, tennis, or boxing) and hybrid gyms that offer barre, yoga, and pilates. If you are not getting the kind of vibe you want at your current gym, maybe it’s time to try somewhere new.

If you’re lucky enough to live in southern California (like me!) then maybe you should take your exercise outside. It’s sunny every day here. Go for a beach run or hike your local state parks. If you still need the camaraderie of a gym, but don’t have the money, look for local meet-up groups to join. Usually they are free and you can meet like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Remember that exercise is a vital part of life that keeps you healthy (body & mind). Along with a good diet and healthy lifestyle, exercise will lead to the results you want to accomplish. Just keep at it, and be the change you want to see!

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REF:

https://www.quora.com/What-percentage-of-new-gym-members-in-January-stop-coming-after-February

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