We’re backing Bone and Joint Health Action Week!
It’s Bone and Joint Health Action Week! That means it’s an ideal time to learn how to keep your bones and joints healthy while taking steps to keep them in the best possible condition.
Of course, you should always consult with your osteopath if you want to thoroughly understand the functions of joints and the best joint strengthening exercises. In the meantime, however, the following essential joint care tips will help you maintain your bone and joint health on your own…
Check your posture
If you’re sitting at your PC or laptop right now, are you sitting straight, or are you hunched over? Many of us are guilty of sitting incorrectly when using a computer, and if you’re an office worker who spends many hours per day staring at the screen, chances are you feel tension in your neck and shoulders, and even your lower back. Try to get up and walk around every 20 minutes or so, stretch whenever you can and try to avoid sitting for long periods of time to prevent a whole host of posture-related aches and pains.
Building muscle and getting regular exercise can protect your joints from damage. That said, you shouldn’t push yourself harder than necessary. If your joints continue to hurt for days after working out, you may need to give them some rest before jumping back into your fitness routine. You should also consult with an osteopath about joint strengthening exercises you can do in addition to your regular workout so as to reduce the risk of injury or strain.
Watch your diet
Calcium protects and strengthens your bones. That’s why you need to make sure you’re getting enough of this joint health vitamin from your diet. Although milk, cheese, and yoghurt are great sources of calcium, foods like seeds, canned salmon, and almonds are equally good choices (especially if you’re lactose intolerant). There are also joint health vitamins that can act as supplements to your diet.
Understanding how to improve joint health while protecting your bones and joints doesn’t need to be difficult at all.
Although it’s Bone and Joint Health Action Week now, you should strive to keep these points on joint care in mind throughout the year. Doing so will boost your odds of staying healthy and comfortable for a very long time!
If you would like to find out more about how our osteopathy services may help you to maintain bone and joint health, please don’t hesitate to give our team a call on 01722 512 043 to book an appointment.