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Move those aching joint for pain reduction and better mobility

April 3, 2017

If you are new to ChiforLiving and my approach to aging with independence and a joyful attitude let me tell you, I have worked with hundreds of aging seniors and boomers.

Most of my students have some sort of chronic ache or pain yet they all find at least minimal and quite often major relief through the use of gentle exercise and stretching movements.

If you have been reading my posts off and on for awhile you should know that I believe there is always time to make positive changes in your life, both mentally and physically.

I want to share some information I borrowed from a Harvard Medical School email about their new book.  It says a lot so here it is,  and I agree with what they have to say:

 
Regular movement can help relieve ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain
 
Joint pain can rob you of life’s simple pleasures — you may no longer look forward to walking your dog, gardening, or chasing a tennis ball across the court. Even the basics of getting through your day, like getting into the car or carrying laundry to the basement, can become sharp reminders of your limitations.
 
But the right exercises performed properly can be a long-lasting way to subdue ankle, knee, hip, or shoulder pain. Although it might seem that exercise would aggravate aching joints, this is simply not the case. Exercise can actually help to relieve joint pain in multiple ways:
 
  • It increases the strength and flexibility of the muscles and connective tissue surrounding the joints. When thigh muscles are stronger, for example, they can help support the knee, thus relieving some of the pressure on that joint.
  • Exercise relieves stiffness, which itself can be painful. The body is made to move. When not exercised, the tendons, muscles, and ligaments quickly shorten and tense up. But exercise — and stretching afterward — can help reduce stiffness and preserve or extend your range of motion.
  • It boosts production of synovial fluid, the lubricant inside the joints. Synovial fluid helps to bring oxygen and nutrients into joints. Thus, exercise helps keep your joints “well-oiled.”
  • It increases production of natural compounds in the body that help tamp down pain. In other words, without exercise, you are more sensitive to every twinge. With it, you have a measure of natural pain protection.
  • It helps you keep your weight under control, which can help relieve pressure in weight-bearing joints, such as your hips, knees, and ankles.

So, what is the right exercise:  Harvard has their  Joint Health Exercises,  I have my own Walking Without Fear balance exercises and Chi for Caring Seated Exercises, both based in Tai Chi principals.

There are many programs out there.  Finding the one you resonate with is the key. The bottom line is, if you don’t use it, you will lose it.

Keep this mantra in mind:  It is never too late to start!

To your health,

Stan

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