7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

7 Easy Ways to Improve Joint Health

Habits to Improve Joint Function

easily & at home

Joint pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints of U.S. adults who seek out the care of an orthopedic doctor. Joint discomfort can affect a person’s quality of life by preventing them from performing even the most basic tasks – such as walking, using their hands and arms to write, play sports, or pick up light objects such as groceries. 

Joint pain is something that typically gets worse if left untreated, so if you are experiencing joint pain, you should seek out the care of a physician before it gets any worse.

If your pain is slight, or you want to improve joint function before you begin experiencing pain, you can try these 7 at-home tips & tricks to naturally promote joint health:

1. Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods.

At the root of joint pain is inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s response to trauma, but sometimes, your body can over-produce inflammation and do more harm than good. Flavonoids, the phytonutrients (plant chemicals) found in most fruits and vegetables, are thought to be naturally anti-inflammatory.

Tip: Colorful fruits and vegetables, such as cherries, oranges, broccoli, and more are rich in this natural anti-inflammatory phytonutrients.

2. Avoid Inflammatory Foods.

Try to avoid overly processed foods, sugar, and alcohol. Simple carbohydrates, like processed breads, and desserts like cake, cookies, and ice cream should be eaten in limited portions if at all. These foods can lead to increased inflammation, which could be contributing to your joint pain.

Caffeine can also contribute to inflammation – so cut back on your coffee habit and replace soda with water. To start your morning, try naturally decaffeinated teas, or warm water with lemon and other fresh fruit. Your joints will thank you!

The time to start a supplement regimen is now

but where do you start?

3. Supplement Your Diet

It’s difficult to know which supplements you should take – and which supplements are ideal for improved joint health. Taking Vitamin D with Calcium, for example, increases the absorption rate of Calcium – which is a great supplement for improving bone health. 

Try to get out in the sun every day to naturally absorb Vitamin D and exercise, but a vitamin supplement is still a great way to make sure your body is getting all of its nutritional needs.

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4. Use it or Lose it.

If you’re cleared to do so by your physician, regular exercise is the best way to maintain your joint function. Regular exercise can strengthen the muscles around the joint and improve flexibility, allowing for increased function.

Low-impact exercises such as swimming, biking, or walking are great ways to improve your joint health without further damaging commonly painful joints such as the knees and hips. 

Yoga is also a great way to improve joint stability while improving core strength – and can be easily done by people of all ages and abilities.

READ MORE: WHY YOGA IS BENEFICIAL FOR EVERY AGE AND ABILITY

When you are able and under the guidance of a physician, you can also try weight or resistance band exercises to improve your muscle tone further. Even if yoga isn’t central to your joint-strengthening regimen, it’s important to stretch! Flexibility is key to maintaining joint health and relieving any soreness or stiffness that may occur after exercise.

Stretch before and after exercise to prevent muscle tightening and shortening that can put damaging strain on your joints. Even on your "off" days when you do not exercise, incorporating a stretching routine into your daily life is a simple yet effective way of improving joint function.

Focus on overall physical health

to improve the health of your joints

5. Improve Flexibility.

Increased flexibility is the goal of a focused stretching routine. Stretching will help you increase your flexibility, which will improve your joints’ range of motion. A smaller range of motion makes it difficult for your joints to move – which can lead to damage.

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Stretching exercises, such as yoga, floor bridges, sitting toe touches, heel raises and more, are excellent and simple ways of improving flexibility. Consult with a physical therapist for even more insight on which areas of your body could benefit from increased flexibility.

6. Reach Your Weight Goals.

Consult with your physician to find out what the ideal weight should be for your height and body type. If you could stand to lose a few, those extra pounds are likely putting damaging pressure on your joints – especially your knees, ankles, and hips.

If you need to diet, focus more on what you’re replacing heavy portions and processed foods with, instead of simply cutting back. For example, trade mashed potatoes for a large bowl of broccoli. Pick wholesome, plant-heavy meals that also reduce inflammation while providing essential nutrients. You can visit our Herbal Kitchen, where we share healthy, easy recipes that include information about the nutrients in the foods you’re making, for healthy meal ideas!

Don't Neglect Your Mental Health

reducing mental stress also reduces physical stress

7. Prioritize Mental Health.

Anxiety can affect your physical body in more ways than one. It can, for example, make you grind your teeth at night – and then you wake up with a painful, stiff jaw. Make sure to carve out time for relaxation. Take your full lunch break at work. Try to sit down for every meal instead of eating on the go. Shut off screens two hours before bedtime so you have a better chance of falling asleep quickly, and getting an adequate amount of sleep.

For best results, start with one self-care routine and commit to practicing it every day for a month. By the end of the month, it’ll be a habitual part of your daily routine!

Commit to Your Long-Term Health

and healthy joints will follow

In short, there are just a few things you need to do to improve your joint health. Commit to improving your physical, mental, and emotional health. Most of us know intuitively how much and what kinds of foods we should be eating, when we’re stressed, and when we need to exercise.

Reduce bodily inflammation naturally by eating healthy foods and taking an anti-inflammatory supplement designed to support your musculoskeletal (bone + muscle + joint) health.

Exercise regularly to improve muscle tone and reduce stress. Get the right amount of sleep and try to achieve attainable, realistic weight loss goals to improve your physical health and put less stress on your body.

When forming these new habits, start slow and don’t try to do them all at once. Take all the time you need to make sure they stick, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier lifestyle.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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5 Steps to Treat Tennis Elbow

Treating Tennis Elbow

5 Steps

to treat tennis elbow

Tennis elbow is the common term used to referred to elbow pain caused by overuse of the forearm and arm muscles. Of course, you don’t have to be an avid tennis played to get this condition, but it did get it’s name as a result of common injuries in tennis players.

For people who deal with chronic elbow pain, surgery is always an option that’s on the table, but if it can be avoided with simple steps, that’s always the best option. Follow these 5 steps to help reduce elbow pain.

1. Make sure to stretch.

We can all benefit from getting a bit of exercise, but for people dealing with chronic muscle or joint pain, one of the easiest ways to help relieve pain is to stretch. Stretching your wrists, forearms and upper arms can help reduce muscle tension and allow your soreness to subside.

2. Ice your elbow while you rest.

Icing your elbow is a simple and effective way of reducing inflammation, swelling and pain associated with tennis elbow. When icing your elbow, do so for around 10-15 minutes at a time, several times a day. Make sure to put a towel or shirt between your skin and the ice pack. In some cases, alternating between heat an cold can provide additonal pain relief.

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3. Temporarily modify your diet.

While most won’t want to take this step, studies have shown that diet modification can aid in pain recovery. Temporarily modifying your diet to remove grains, sugars and dairy which are known to have an inflammatory effect on the body can help reduce overall inflammation and increase recovery time.

4. Give yourself a massage.

When something hurts, our first instinct is generally to cover it with our hand and massage the injurred area. In fact, studies have shown that our instincts are correct, and that a gentle massage to an injured or painful area can help reduce the pain we feel.

For quick, albeit temporary relief, gently massage your elbow and the muscles surrounding it to help reduce inflammation and increase circulation.

5. Take a bone & join health multivitamin.

There are many multivitamins on the market designed to assist in improving joint function and reducing inflammation throughout the musculoskeletal system. Read more about how to choose the right multivitamin for your condition here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE