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Five Easy Ways To Love Your Joints

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It’s Valentine’s Day, which means the topic on everyone’s mind is love and relationships! So what better time to talk about the most important relationship you will ever have, which is the relationship you have with your own body. You only have one body for your entire life, so it is extra important to learn how to give it the love and support it needs. 

Here are 5 easy ways to show your joints the love they deserve:

Cut the Caffeine –

We all need that extra boost of energy once in awhile, but do your best to avoid that second and third cup of coffee. Studies have shown that extra caffeine can weaken your bones and cause joint pain. There are also plenty of other reasons to cut the caffeine!

Start Taking Yoga Classes –

Yoga has been a popular trend for thousands of years, and for good reason! It is a low impact exercise that is easy on the joints; while exercises like kickboxing, step aerobics and more can be hard on the joints. Yoga allows you to strengthen your body and your mind, and put your joint pain at ease.

Consume More Calcium –

A diet rich in calcium is key to keeping your bones healthy and strong, and can lower your risk of osteoporosis.  Milk, yogurt, kale, figs, salmon or calcium supplements are all great sources of calcium.

Choose Function Over Fashion –

These beautiful high heels may seem like a good idea right now, but unless they are an absolute necessity, your joints will love you for choosing shoes that don’t just look good but work well too. Shoes should be flexible, supportive and allow your toes to move around in order to help minimize or eliminate joint pain

Schedule An Appointment With Your Healthcare Provider –

Request an examination of your joints from head to toe, then ask for more tips on protecting your joints from daily wear and tear. It is never too early to start showing your joints the love they deserve by learning self-management or prevention techniques.

Are you already experiencing joint pain? Schedule an appointment at Contact Physical Therapy to have one of our physical therapists or hand therapists evaluate your joint pain and help you get back to living the life you love.