The most frequent cause of joint pain is bones out of alignment.
When bones get out of alignment you’ll feel the pinch on ligaments, tendons and muscles around the joint. The bones will start rubbing on each other – and the ends become inflamed – arthro (joint) itis (inflammation) – arthritis.
Principles of musculo-skeletal dysfunction
- Bones do what muscles tell them to do. When muscle action is uneven, bones move out of alignment. The result, joint pain. restore muscle function with a regular and systematic strength and flexibility program and bones move back into alignment. bingo! No more joint pain. All you need to do is find the right exercises.
- The cause of the pain is usually not located at the site of the pain. Muscles which pull joints out of alignment are usually located away from the actual site of the pain. For instance a crook lumbar spine may be caused by tight calves, hamstrings, buttocks and leg adductors that pull the pelvis out of alignment. The bones of the vertebrae just about it are forced out of alignment as well. This is where you feel the pain.
Sore necks and shoulders are also frequently caused by a pelvis that tilts back and causes the head and shoulders to slump forwards.
- It’s a big ask expecting to get better by having someone do something to you. The rub down, bone crunch and hot blanket are unlikely to contribute to the long term repair of your dysfunction. Sooner or later you have to do something to yourself.
So going out for a rub down, crunch, hot wheat bag, electric shock and swallowing a bucket of Celebrex won’t fix the problem.
The most common cause of lower back and neck pain is tight calves, hamstrings and buttocks. Fix that and you’ll stand up straighter. Pain goes away. Sitting down is a killer.
How to Overcome Joint Pain
You need to find out the right set of strength and flexibility exercises to do to get the bones back in alignment. Do that and you’ll be pain free.
You need to do the strength and flexibility exercises that restore the body to correct alignment and correct function.
I recommend you get a copy of the ebook Fix Back Pain. It has a description of some of the key exercises you need to do to keep your back and neck in good shape. The other book I highly recommend is Pain Free by Pete Egoscue.
Better still, go to my recommended list of musculo-skeletal books at the Health and Fitness Bookstore and buy the lot. You’ll also catch a view of some of the key exercises i recommend on the Back Pain books website.
- Brassica Juncea oil, in capsule form
A naturally occurring vegetable extract, developed by the CSIRO and containing a high component of omega 3 essential fatty acids. Reportedly a good treatment for osteoarthritis and management of joint pain generally.
- Calcium and magnesium supplement
If you have joint pain, particularly arthritis and heel spurs, lack of calcium and magnesium may be contributing factors. You’d better make sure you’re getting enough.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin
Reportedly good for joint problems and increasingly backed by research. Certainly worked on my heels which were tender to the touch and are now perfect. It acts to build the end of bones — a bit like friction-proofing your car engine.
- Vitamins B3, B5 and B6
Reportedly good treatments for joint pain.!
- Celery seed oil
Reportedly a good supplement for joint pain, alone or in combination with omega 3 oils and other natural remedies.
- Flaxseed (linseed)
Contains the three principal essential fatty acids. Recognized as a good joint lubrication food.
If you have joint and muscle pain, look carefully at your diet. It may be exacerbated by allergic reactions to some foods, particularly wheat, dairy, and salicylate-containing products) and an internal reaction to candida, which in turn is fed by a diet high in sugar and starch foods.
The Exercise Prescription
The Exercise Prescription stands head and shoulders above all other prescriptions to enhancing your musculo-skeletal status. There is a good chance your dysfunction has been brought about by motion starvation. ie By allowing yourself to become weaker and tighter, you’ve set yourself up for mechanical dysfunction.
A Final Word
Ask people what they did to fix themselves up. Experiment with a range of treatments. One or more of them may work for you.