People in the Southeast Houston, Friendswood, Clear Lake, League City, and Pearland areas keep asking me about: Neck Arthritis: How Your Daily Habits Might Be to Blame
Arthritis is the wear and tear of the cartilage around your joints. It can happen anywhere in your body and common symptoms associated with arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling, or restricted motion.
While osteoarthritis is a natural part of the aging process, the choices you make today play a powerful role in your future health. When it comes to arthritis, the decisions you make each day can have a dramatic effect on whether it becomes a problem for you as you get older.
Why it Matters:
The thinning discs and bone spurs that may accompany an arthritis diagnosis happen as we age due to gravity, previous injury, and other lifestyle factors.
It seriously pisses me off when I have a new patient come in my doors and they've been told by their previous doctors they can't exercise, climb stairs, run, or play with their kids again because they have arthritis. Ever again??? Really??? Excuse my french, but are you fucking kidding me?
Many people diagnosed with arthritis believe they are destined for a life of pain, but that isn't true.
You can manage, and even mitigate, many of the challenges of arthritis by making positive decisions for your spinal health each day.
Here are 3 ways to stay proactive and reduce the potential effects of arthritis:
Perform a home mobilization program for maintenance that foster a balance of strength and flexibility daily.
Foster proper ergonomics at your work desk, when working in the yard, and especially when you are lifting weights or exercising. In other words: Move Well, Live Well
Follow a diet that limits inflammatory foods that can contribute to pain and chronic inflammation.
There isn't just one thing you can do to prevent arthritis and making small changes to your habits each day can help you minimize your risk of painful arthritis.
A habit is defined as a routine that's repeated without you even thinking about it, and it’s estimated that habits form after about 60 days.
Perfect Practice Makes Permanent
Can you commit to following the healthy habits above for the next 60 days?
It's never too late to start a new set of daily rituals, so call us today if you’re experiencing any of the symptoms associated with osteoarthritis. Remember, to get the most relief, any pain, stiffness, swelling, and restricted motion should be addressed sooner rather than later!
Stay Strong, Inspire Others!
Frank Kamasz, DC, CSCS
Rebel Mobility and Fitness
Osteoarthritis. University of Maryland Medical Center. 2007.