Monday, September 26, 2016

4 Tips for Dealing with Joint Pain in Autumn

With summer coming to an end, temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling. It’s the perfect weather to spend some time outside – take the dog for a hike, have a football catch with your kids or grandkids, or rake some leaves just to stay active. Even with joint pain and arthritis, there are ways to enjoy the autumn weather while reducing your discomfort.

1. Ease into exercise.

Activities as simple as raking can put strain on various parts of your body. It’s important to warm up with a brief walk and gentle stretching – to avoid pulling muscles in your arms, legs, shoulders, and back.

2. For yard work, use proper tools and technique. 

To limit the strain on your lower back, be sure to involve your entire body when raking leaves and performing other strenuous activities. Make it a full-body workout, bending your knees and using your arms to rake, while keeping your back straight instead of hunched over. Also, be sure to switch sides to distribute the workout and prevent lingering muscle and joint pain.

3. Go at your own pace. 

You know your limits. Don’t push yourself too hard, and make sure you take breaks every so often to rest and rejuvenate. It’s always a good idea to perform more gentle stretching exercises during breaks and after you’re done with an activity to keep your muscles loose.

4. Stay active year-round. 

When you exercise throughout the year, you are less likely to experience joint pain while doing yard work and outdoor chores. With your muscles used to physical activity, your body is easily able to handle light exercise such as hiking, raking, and throwing around the football.

If you experience persistent joint pain, stem cell therapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints.

To learn more please contact us or call us at (201) 288-7246.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

How Reducing Stress Can Help Minimize Joint Pain

Everybody deals with stress. Sometimes, it is manageable—but when combined with arthritis and joint pain, anxiety can become overwhelming. In fact, if you suffer from joint pain or degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, stress can amplify your discomfort by causing flare-ups and inflammation.

Follow these tips to reduce your overall stress, and in turn, minimize the effects of joint pain and arthritis.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
To combat stress and anxiety, follow a sleep schedule that gets you the rest you need. Avoid excessive drinking and smoking, as well as unhealthy eating habits. A balanced diet helps you maintain a healthy weight and the right vitamins can even lessen your risk for flare-ups.

Keep your mind at ease
Try not to take work home with you. Focus on doing things you enjoy. In your spare time, meditation and yoga can help boost your mood—reducing stress, dulling pain, and keeping your mind and body flexible.

Exercise regularly
A proven stress-reducer, exercise helps mobilize your joints to limit pain and stress. Aerobic workouts, such as walking and swimming, keep your cardiovascular system healthy and your muscles active and strong.

Stay sharp
It’s important to exercise physically and mentally. Practice a healthy balance of relaxing activities, such as yoga and meditation, with creative hobbies, such as writing, painting, and photography.

Treat yourself
Draw yourself a relaxing bath and enjoy a glass of your favorite wine. Schedule an appointment with a massage therapist or acupuncturist to address your problem areas. These activities can benefit your joint pain and overall stress levels simultaneously.

If you experience persistent joint pain, worsened by stress and anxiety, stem celltherapy can be an effective treatment option. This noninvasive procedure repairs damaged tissue and relieves discomfort in your knees and other joints, helping you to live a happy, healthy, pain-free life.

To learn more please contact us or call us at (201) 288-7246.