Joint pain is unpleasant- it can hinder participation in your daily activities, and can stop you from exercising as you may be trying to avoid the painful after effects. Topping it off, heading to the doctor and being told that joint pain is perfectly normal as you age can add to the frustration.

The truth is, most of us will experience joint pain in our lifetime, whether it’s in our knees, elbows or back.  In women, it occurs more frequently after the age of 50, with osteoarthritis being a higher risk.

When the discomfort becomes a great nuisance we look for relief- but is there something we can do to avoid joint pain altogether? Osteoarthritis may be prevalent but there are a number of things you can do to prevent it or control it.

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Our joints with age

There are many kinds of joints in the body- ball and socket type, and hinge type joints like you would find in your knees.  Although there are various kinds, each joint has the same basic function- they connect one bone to another, which allows us to bend and move freely. Inside a joint, you will find connective tissue- the ligament.

There is also cartilage, which acts as a cushioning material between joints and stops bones from grinding together. When the cushioning decreases, we start to experience joint pain and osteoarthritis.  As we age, cartilage thins, making it easier to damage. Muscle mass is also naturally lost as we age, and if we don’t try to maintain it, it can contribute to further damage.

 

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Prevention

There are several steps you can do to prevent your joints from deteriorating:

 • Carrying extra weight can put extra pressure on your knees, so maintaining your weight is essential in keeping your joints in top shape.  

Exercise also helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, but it’s recommended to mix it up a bit- instead of jogging every morning, try another low aerobic exercise like swimming or cycling. Don’t forget to stretch, before and after you exercise too!

•  If you experience swelling or pain after exercising, put some ice on your joints. It can help numb the area affected and helps to minimise inflammation.


Supplement with Fish Oil, Glucosamine and Vitamin D Glucosamine is known to help treat many degenerative ailments like osteoarthritis and other conditions that directly affect our joints and movement.  Glucosamine is normally taken in combination with Chondroitin as Glucosamine strengthens existing cartilage while Chondroitin helps generate new cartilage and aids the body in absorbing fluids to ensure that the existing cartilage is healthy. 

Fish Oil is another powerhouse for joints. Fish oil contains high levels of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These two essential fatty acids have been shown to decrease inflammation and help with tender, swollen joints. EPA and DHA can also help increase blood flow during exercise, leaving your joints less prone to injury.

Lastly, Vitamin D, often known as the sunshine vitamin is essential for healthy bones. It helps to preserve bone density, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation.


    If you’re experiencing severe of pain and discomfort, it’s important to see your doctor for advice. However, if you’re feeling a little creaky in your knees, shoulders and neck- try out our tips and let us know how they worked for you!

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