Are you having joint pain, stiffness and swelling that is worse in the morning, but feels better with physical activities? That’s definitely osteoarthritis, one of the most common joint problems among middle-age adults (40-65 years old).
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the body’s adaptive response to mechanical imbalance. Poor alignment of the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton (spine and extremities respectively) place uneven mechanical forces on the bones and joints. Just like our bones and joints, when a car’s tires are out of alignment, the rubber becomes worn both unevenly and prematurely. The symptom is the damage to the tires, but the cause is the poor alignment of the wheels.
Why Do You Suffer From Joint problems (Osteoarthritis)?
Uneven gravitational forces on the spine and joints cause the joint structures to break down faster than they can heal. The specific areas of the bones, which are under increased load, respond by growing back in an attempt to strengthen the load-bearing structures. This process is scientifically known as Wolff’s Law. The best example of this is that of poorly fitting women’s’ shoes, which initially causes a callus (thickened skin), eventually causing the underlying bone to form a bunion (extra bone growth).
This universal law always aims to strengthen bone, even when the joints are balanced. This is why people with good posture and a balanced musculoskeletal system that maintain weight-bearing exercise, have stronger, denser bones. The opposite occurs in areas, which have no mechanical stress acting upon them (astronauts in space, sedentary lifestyle).
The key is to have balanced forces acting on the body, which minimise the effects of gravitational torque/large moments (mechanical physics) acting on the spine. Remember how easy it is to hold a broomstick upright on your hand compared with holding it horizontally out in front.
Other changes that occur with the joint problems of osteoarthritis include the degeneration of the joint cartilage, the ligaments, tendons and surrounding muscles lose their elasticity, and the joint’s proprioception (joint position sense) reduces.
The pain associated with this chronic low-grade inflammatory response acts to limit further movement and aggravation. If this occurs in the spine, it affects the central nervous system. Considering the spine’s job is to house and protect the central nervous system, and allow body movement, it is imperative that you have a balanced spine. Poor posture and injuries (micro and macro) cause these common imbalances (subluxation).
For the layperson, this equates to stiff and painful joints, which appear to be ‘worn out’. This is not a natural age-related process. If so, we would see OA spread evenly throughout every joint in the body on everyone who was of an older age.
It is important to note that the spine and joints of the body are living, dynamic tissue that can heal and rejuvenate. OA, is therefore, the consequence of more breakdowns than the body can heal. For that reason, it is not a disease entity, but rather the body’s attempt to stabilise an unstable mechanical system.
The human body’s job is to adapt to its environment so it can survive. The body knows how to be healthy. This innate (inborn) knowledge, which aims to self-heal and regulate, requires the joints are balanced. This is why people with good posture and a balanced musculoskeletal system that maintain weight-bearing exercise, have stronger, denser bones. The opposite occurs in areas, which have no mechanical stress acting upon them (astronauts in space, sedentary lifestyle).
3 Top Solutions To Relieve Your Joint Problems (Osteoarthritis)
Joint problems like osteoarthritis worsen over time. Therefore, don’t ignore your joint pains and stiffness. Otherwise, you might find it difficult doing your daily tasks in the long run, as even tiny joint movements cause excruciating pain, or your joints are just completely immobilised by your disease. Here are three top solutions to relieve your joint problems and avoid the complications of osteoarthritis:
Make a paradigm shift towards knowing you can heal and make improvements in degenerated joints (OA). Mind you, there is a limitation of time and matter. This simply means that the longer and more severe the degeneration, the harder it is to rejuvenate. This doesn’t mean you will not be able to move and feel better once the underlying postural and joint alignment issues are addressed.
Joint Problems – Solution #2: ‘Move better’
Get your posture and spine checked by a chiropractor. They will utilise weight-bearing X-Rays to assess your alignment, the level of degeneration and bone density. The chiropractor will also test your neurology (nervous system function). Weight-bearing cardiovascular exercise and Pilates will strengthen your posture. Stretch your spine and extremities – Yoga is great.
Joint Problems – Solution #3: ‘Eat better’
Organic wholesome produce fuels the body with vital nutrients and trace elements to thrive. Assessing and improving your body chemistry will help healing. Chemical toxicity or deficiency can lead to poor function of the nervous, immune, digestive, endocrine, circulatory, integumentary, respiratory, reproductive and urinary systems. Please note that inflammatory arthritides, which include Rheumatoid, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Gout, etc., are caused by an autoimmune reaction.
Poor body chemistry and nervous system function cause the body’s immune system to attack its own joint structures. The antibodies present in the blood (Rh factor) mean there is an inflammatory process. People, who believe that this inflammation is an incurable disease rather than the body’s adaptive response to its environment, tend to have a progression of symptoms, which manifest into physical derangement of the spine and joints.
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