Smart Ways to Keep Your Knees Happy

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It seems like every other person we meet has a knee issue or painful story. Researchers on care2.com tell us 34 percent of Americans over the age of 50 have chronic knee or leg pain. Seven million Americans have knee replacements annually.

But before you give up, knee surgeons tell us there are options out there that skip knee surgery entirely. One of the big ones can be found in chiropractic treatment. Visiting your chiropractor and learning more about the knee can be a great first step. Why? Good thing you asked.

Learn how the knee works. The knee may look simple but it’s one of the largest, most complex joints in the human body. There are many ways to run into knee pain — arthritis, ligament tears, cysts in the back of the knee, kneecap pain, or trauma to knee bones, ligaments and tendons. But the real question is what to do? Chiropractic treatments offer a viable alternative, postponing or elimination of the need for surgery.

Lighten up and relieve your knees. For each pound your body carries, your knees feel four times the pressure!  If you weigh 200 pounds, 800 pounds impacts your knees with every step you take. That pressure then goes up in climbing stairs, playing tennis or jogging. Just losing 10 pounds will subtract 40 pounds of the knee pressure. Start using smaller plates and cutting portions in half. Your knees will love it.

Drink a lot of water. Then drink more. All knees contain spongy tissue called cartilage at the ends of the joints. Cartilage makes pain free movement possible. Up to 80 percent of cartilage is water.  As we age, that water content often shrinks, speeding up degenerative joint disease. Drink a glass when you get up in the morning, and before and after each meal.

Keep moving, however you can. Doctors tell us cartilage depends on movement to stay alive and healthy, circulating vital nutrients. Start slow and keep building, working your way up to 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Warm up with stretching, choose moderate activity and play music to stay motivated. But whatever you do, keep moving.

Visit Your Chiropractor Regularly

When you visit the chiropractor for the first time discuss your knees and any other areas of pain or concern.  The chiropractor’s goal will be to help seek solutions without medications or surgery.

As your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic offers the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are misalignments of one or more vertebrae in the spine and/or the joints.

When the misalignment is corrected it may have far reaching effects on back, neck, knee and sciatica pain. The improved functionality of the body through chiropractic care may also be an effective treatment for headaches, insomnia and allergies.

How to Get Started

The Joint Chiropractic makes it easy. They eliminate the hassle of appointments and insurance, offering walk-in visits and affordable pricing plans that make effective care available for everyone. If this sounds like a natural approach that you would like to pursue, stop by and find out more.

 

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May 1, 2015 by osseous is licensed under CC BY 4.0

This article is made available for general, entertainment and educational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect those of The Joint Corp (or its franchisees and affiliates). You should always seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional.