Protecting Your Joints
Joints are complex parts of our body, but they work wonders to ensure our mobility when nothing affects them. Nevertheless, more than 5 million Canadians, about 1 in 6 people, suffer from osteoarthritis. Because it causes cartilage and bone in certain joints to deteriorate, osteoarthritis can affect the way these joints function.
Fortunately, in the following, we offer you a few tips that can help if you suffer from osteoarthritis. These tips are designed to provide more effective joint protection, particularly to prevent pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Tips to protect your joints
- Change position regularly Our sedentary lifestyle poses many risks to our health. When we refer to a sedentary lifestyle, we mean activities in which energy expenditure is zero (or almost zero), such as watching television or sitting at a desk for an extended period. In these situations, it is important to change position frequently. A sedentary lifestyle puts a lot of pressure on the joints since we rarely adopt ergonomic positions. Taking time to stand up or take a short walk is a good way to change position regularly and reduce the negative effects on joint health.
- Adapt your activities to your pain level Listen to your body and take your current level of joint pain into consideration when planning your activities. When you feel a lot of pain, it’s better to adapt your activities and the level of effort required.
- Maintain joint strength and mobility Osteoarthritis does not mean we should avoid all activities that stretch our joints, quite the opposite! In fact, joints that remain inactive or underused are at risk of gradually losing their mobility, i.e., they will be able to perform movements with less range of motion and for a shorter period. In this sense, it is important to maintain good joint mobility by doing regular stretching exercises or by practising yoga, which allows you to do exercises with a great range of motion.
- Avoid risky activities for your jointsSports and activities involving jumps and/or sudden movements (changes in direction, repeated impacts, etc.) pose a risk to your joints, especially when you have osteoarthritis. It is therefore better to perform less strenuous activities, like Nordic walking, swimming, cycling, etc.
- Watch your diet There are several types of food that can help reduce joint pain, including helping to control inflammation of the joints. Read this article to learn more about the relationship between diet and joint pain.
- Add Genacol supplements to your daily routineGenacol supplements help reduce joint pain associated with osteoarthritis, thanks to the Aminolock Collagen they contain. This ingredient helps maintain the quality and functioning of the components within the joints.
Why is it important to protect your joints?
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you should follow these tips to help you:
- Reduce or control your joint pain while performing the activities that are important to you;
- Reduce the level of inflammation in your joints;
- Maintain joint mobility;
- Prevent deformation of certain joints, a complication associated with osteoarthritis.
Finally, a consultation with a health care professional may be appropriate. First, it would help you to better identify the factors that aggravate joint pain to highlight concrete actions to help counteract them. In addition, your doctor will be able to tell you if taking supplements to prevent joint pain is appropriate and safe for you!