If you suffer from chronic joint pain, it’s likely that you’re not as active in daily life as you once were. In fact, you may have reached a point where you move as little as possible, because even the smallest movement causes you to feel more pain in your aching joints and muscles.
If you have greatly restricted your daily activities because of chronic joint pain, if you are getting little or no exercise, if you move as little as possible to spare yourself pain, then you need to know that your lack of movement is actually creating even more pain.
Your body is designed to move. Movement does all sorts of good things for you. It keeps your muscles strong and toned. It keeps your joints flexible. It releases endorphins, which are the hormones that make you feel good.
Movement aids in blood circulation. As you walk, your leg muscles contract and help push your blood upwards from your feet into your heart. If your walking is restricted, the blood will tend to pool in your lower extremities and feet, which results in less blood flow to the upper body and head. If severe enough, this can lead to a condition called hypoxia, which can result in severe central nervous system symptoms like stroke, Alzheimer-like memory loss and personality aberrations such as inappropriate anger.
Lack of movement does all sorts of bad things to you. Just as a car engine will sieze if it has not been run for a period of time, so will the joints in your body. The less you use them, the stiffer they become. The stiffer they are, the more painful to move them. The more painful they are to move, the less inclined you are to exercise. It’s a vicious downward spiral.
It may seem counter intuitive, but when you’re in too much pain to move, THATS when you really need to get moving! If you work up the courage to work through a bit of pain, your pain will start to decrease. Here’s some suggestions for simple things you can do to add movement to your life.
- When sitting at your desk, rotate your feet clockwise 10 times and then counter clockwise 10 times.
- When sitting at your desk, flex and extend your ankles 20 times.
- Never sit longer than 30 minutes without getting up and walking around for a few minutes.
- Stretch your arms and legs for a few minutes each morning, afternoon and evening.
Additionally, cut down your salt intake, as too much salt can result in water retention in your joints, making it more difficult to move them. For the same reason, avoid drinking water two hours before you go to bed, as the fluid can pool in your body and joints, again making it more difficult to move when you arise the next morning.
Chronic Joint Pain Doesn’t Have To Restrict Your Daily Activities
Once you start to move those rusty muscles and joints, your pain is going to be worse for a bit. But with movement, you’ll start to feel better, both mentally and physically.
If chronic pain has restricted your daily activities, hopefully my above suggestions will help get some movement back into your life. Of course, the best course is to treat the source of your muscle and joint pain and end chronic joint pain once and for all. But until that time comes, keeping active will help break the vicious cycle of chronic joint pain amplified by lack of movement.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/ Dr.Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with Professor/Dr. Rothbart might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain
To find out if you may have one of two common inherited, abnormal foot structures that cause chronic muscle and joint pain, take the Rothbarts Foot Questionnaire.
As you learn more about my innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and the PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Author of Forever Free From Chronic Pain