“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
Human survival is reliant on some fundamental physiological needs.
Now while this may seem obvious, what isn’t always apparent is the cascading impact neglecting our physical comfort can have on the rest of our body, our mind and ultimately our life. A body that is not functioning will fail, causing all other areas of needs – safety, sense of belonging, esteem, and self-growth to be negatively impacted. Arthritic conditions are a perfect example of loss of physical comfort. The potential reduction of function and increase of pain can be a tough duo to contend with.
As Osteopaths we focus on supporting the muscles, bones, fascia, and ligaments surrounding the arthritic joint so that these tissues can function to the best of their ability. It is natural, and responsible, to seek physical comfort within our bodies. Not just on the surface, but down to the bones.
Health professionals often have a deeper meaning for why they do what they do.
Ours is being of service to others and helping people restore the quality of life through movement. So what better way to do this than give you some ideas on building that foundation of comfort?
On an average day, 406,000 visits are made to a general practitioner in Australia alone.
While many visits are necessary for diagnosis and treatment, there are natural practices people can adopt into their everyday lifestyle that can complement the allopathic approach to health.
Heat helps to relax muscles and lubricate the joints. It can ease muscle spasm and joint stiffness and help “warm up the joint” prior to activity. Easy ways to apply heat are hot baths or showers in the morning, heat packs in the evening or at night time. DIY heat packs are easy-to-make yourself with ingredients that are readily available in your pantry or the local store.
Following an anti-inflammatory diet can be beneficial. A good example is the Mediterranean diet, the doctors like it and it’s fairly easy for people to follow. Inflammation is the main cause of pain for osteoarthritis sufferers and plays a significant role in many other types of arthritis (Rheumatoid, Ankylosing spondylitis). Eating foods that help ease inflammation in the body (whole foods, vegetables, antioxidants, omega 3s) is recommended for people with arthritis whilst avoiding inflammatory foods (processed foods) can help too. As food is fuel for our bodies, nutrition obviously contributes to the overall physiological health because in order for the body to operate optimally, it must have adequate amounts of food containing the essential nutrients. The best part? It gives us all MORE ENERGY! Who doesn’t need that right?
Movement is essential for every aspect of health. At a very basic level, human beings are simply energy in motion. Movement of the joints, specifically, helps to turnover cartilage cells and lubricate its surfaces. For improving knee bend, roll up a towel and place at the back of your knee. Bend your knee so that you can grab the front of your shin just above the ankle. Gently pull your shin towards you so that you increase the knee bend. Gently ‘bounce’ against the resistance rhythmically. The towel provides a fulcrum which helps cause a sliding of the joint surfaces during knee bend as well as providing more space to allow the joint to move more freely. While the knee bends in a hinge-like range, other joints move in other directions.
For example, a shoulder with full range-of-motion moves forward, backwards and to the side. With so many different types of joints throughout the body and as many exercises to choose from, it is important to know how to protect your joints during movement.
Human Movement is a science, one we have studied for many years and made a focus for health restoration.
To book a session to assist you with your joints and improved movement contact us today- we love being of service to others. Making smiles is part of our job description!