Tips To Keep Your Knees Healthy This New Year
If you’re anything like myself this time of year then you’re probably thinking about starting a more active, healthy lifestyle.
But that’s the hard part isn’t it? Getting started!
You just need that extra bit of drive or a spark that ignites you on the road to a healthier and ultimately happier life. Well allow me to help set you on the right path to not only being healthier but happier all year long.
As a Physiotherapist, we want to give you a few reasons to exercise from a physiotherapy perspective.
I’m sure you’re already well aware that exercise can make you lose weight and keep your heart healthy, but one of the less well known benefits of exercise is that it can nourish your joints and ultimately make them last longer without causing pain.
I appreciate it is difficult to think of the future but we are heading into it whether we like it or not. I also know the last thing people want to think about is not being able to do the things they enjoy the most, whether that be comfortably playing with children or grandchildren, or going for walks with the family.
The reality is that these things could all be a struggle if your joints are not cared for and used as they are designed to.
I’m going to relate this blog to the knee as we have been seeing many clients with knee pain recently at ProSport Physiotherapy.
The knee joint, like any other joint has a very slippery fluid inside of it that makes it move freely without getting stuck. If this joint is not getting moved fully, then the joint will not get nourished with this fluid and over a period of time it could begin to wear down.
Look at it this way, if you have a car and you’re driving it around a lot, the oil goes around the engine and keeps everything moving properly. However, if you go away and leave the car in the garage the oil will sit there. When you go to start the car again it may take a while to get up to speed as the oil hasn’t been circulating.
So just like giving your car a run around, why not do the same for your joints. After all, replacing a car is far easier and less painful than replacing a joint.
Another factor to consider in all this is the role muscles play within the body. Joints rely heavily on muscles that cross them to absorb force and limit the amount of force that goes through them. If muscles become weak then the joint is less supported and more susceptible to injury.
Performing basic strengthening exercises, which can be guided by a physiotherapist, will lengthen the life of your joints, speed up recovery from any injuries and keep you active for longer.
For more information as to how we can help get your New Year started on the right track, feel free to contact us.
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