2 Simple Steps To Stop Arthritis
Arthritis Is A Naturally Occurring Phenomenon.
Arthritis is a naturally occurring phenomenon. When your muscles are no longer strong enough to support the joints, your body starts laying down extra bony growth, This extra bony growth is what we refer to as arthritis. To stop arthritis from occurring you simply have to first move well then move often.
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Why Arthritis occurs.
When bones are placed under stress, they respond by laying down extra bone (just like pretty much every other tissue in the body, think muscles). You don’t go to the gym and think I don’t want to get fitter, faster and stronger. Why not apply this same principle to your bones and joints?
By the time you hit your 30’s signs of arthritis can start to show up on X-rays (sometimes early if you’ve used and abused your joints). As you progress in years, so too does arthritis in your joints. Once arthritis begins to occur there is still plenty you can do to stop arthritis getting worse. You can exercise, make sure you are using proper form, and feeling the exercise in the right areas, and spreading the workload around as not to put too much stress on any one area. Exercise is kind of like a gentle sanding back the joints. It will not only prevent further bony growth from occurring but can actually start to erode recent bony growth.
Types Of Arthritis:
- Osteoarthritis (Degenerative): the most common one, and the one we will be talking about most. Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the whole joint including bone, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles. The area predominantly affected is the cartilage (the protective covering over the ends of your bones), which degenerates, or breaks down. This cartilage is what stops the bones in your joints from rubbing against each other. Damage to cartilage and surrounding structures can cause your joints to: Become painful, stiff, or swollen. Feel like they might lock up or give way
- Rheumatoid: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a condition where your immune system mistakenly targets and attacks your own body (commonly known as an autoimmune condition). In RA, the immune system commonly targets the lining of the joints, causing inflammation and joint damage.
- Psoriatic: Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation of the joints. This causes the joints to become painful, stiff, and often swollen. Usually, only people who have a skin disease called psoriasis are affected by psoriatic arthritis. Only one or two out of every 10 people with psoriasis will develop this type of arthritis.
- Gout: Gout is a condition that affects the joints, soft tissues, and kidneys. Small crystals are deposited in and around the joints, and they can cause pain and inflammation. The crystals are made up of uric acid, which is a normal waste product of the body. Extra uric acid normally gets processed by the kidneys and leaves the body via urine. In people with gout, this doesn’t happen quickly enough, and the uric acid builds up.
Why Arthritis Gets A Bad Wrap.
When Arthritis occurs prematurely it is called degenerative or osteoarthritis, which is what we are primarily talking about in the article and how to stop arthritis from progress. However, all types of arthritis can be helped with the same principles.
This increased bony growth can restrict your range of motion (as the joint already thinks its unstable and eventually if left untreated can fuse over). The problem with this is, that it is just laying bone in the most stressed spots, not necessarily where it needs more support.
When the extra bony growth gets large enough, it can put pressure on nerves, joints, or blood vessels. This is where it becomes problematic. As then these structures are unable to work as they should and start producing extra inflammation. If your compressing blood vessels or nerves then they can lead to not getting adequate blood supply, tingling, pins and needles, and muscle weakness.
How To Stop Arthritis.
To stop arthritis spreading, first move well, then move often. Like we mentioned earlier arthritis kicks in when bones and joints don’t feel adequately supported. They then take things into their own hands and tries to stabilize the joint as quickly and energy-efficient as possible. If you are stronger and have better biomechanical alignment then the bones don’t have to work as hard. This also allows your muscles to work more efficiently and give the joints the stability they crave.
This is why it is not only important to exercise but exercise properly. Train our body on how you would like it to move. By training your body how you would like it to move, you are in control of where your body lays down that extra tissue. This is what you want to do as it will lead to a whole heap fewer problems later on.