You may think that arthritis is just a disease of the elderly. Think again. Studies show that arthritis can develop as early as young adulthood, and that rates are dramatically rising. Read on to find out how you can prevent arthritis from holding you back!
According to Arthritis Canada –
” 4.5 million, or one in six, Canadians aged 15 years and older report having arthritis.”
“By 2031, the number of people with arthritis (i.e., both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis) in Canada will increase by 124%.”
From the US Center for Disease Control –
“Currently an estimated 27 million U.S. adults suffer from osteoarthritis.”
Arthritis is more common in women than men, and can develop in young adulthood, although the risk is higher over the age of 45. Simply stated, arthritis is the breakdown or degeneration of joint tissue that results in painful, swollen, and stiff joints.
Typically, arthritis is treated with drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex, which work by lowering prostaglandin (mediators of inflammation) levels in the body. However, Vioxx was removed from the market in 2004, after it was found to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The good news is that developing arthritis is NOT a necessary part of aging. So what can we do to keep our joints healthy in a natural way?
7 Natural Arthritis Solutions:
- Lower sugar levels. Elevated insulin levels are one of the major reasons that inflammatory prostaglandins are produced.
- Start a high quality fish oil supplement, which will lower insulin levels in the blood.
- Supplement with Glucosamine Sulphate. These supplements will help control further degeneration, as they provide your body with the natural building blocks that it needs to repair and rebuild damaged joint cartilage.
- Get moving. The notion that exercise is detrimental to your joints is a misconception. Evidence points to exercise (flexibility and strength) having a positive impact on joint tissues.
- Maintain an ideal weight.
- Boswellia: very effective in reducing pain and joint inflammation. However, it’s not treating the cause, only the symptoms.
- Last but NOT LEAST – maintain good posture and body mechanics. One of the greatest factors to impact the progression of osteoarthritis is your biomechanics.
IMPORTANT NOTE – If a joint in your body is out of alignment due to poor posture, improper ergonomics, repetitive stress or injury, this will cause uneven stress on that joint. Much like poor wheel alignment will cause uneven wear on your tires, the increased wear and tear on a misaligned joint will cause early damage and degeneration. The best way to evaluate the alignment and biomechanics of your knees, hips, and spine is to see your chiropractor for a check-up! In addition to adjustments of the misaligned joints, your chiropractor can provide ergonomic and postural recommendations or specific core stabilizing exercises to support proper joint function.