Preventing Injury and Recommendations
Everyday we challenge our bodies with a variety of tasks including exercising, walking, lifting and movement in general. It is this continual weight bearing pressure that can result in the wear and tear of the joints. For some of us it can become debilitating and can prevent us from engaging successfully in basic daily tasks. These are a few of the most common joint complaints that we encounter in store:
One of the most common problems we hear regularly in store is called osteoarthritis. Customers often refer to osteoarthritis by other names like 'degenerative joint disease,' or 'wear-and-tear arthritis’.
Most people are likely to experience some level of pain and some degree of joint mobility issues. The main symptoms are stiff and painful joints. The pain tends to be worse while exercising the joint and at the end of the day, joints may appear swollen. This condition develops over time and is due to continual wear and tear of our joints. This can be from heavy lifting, weight bearing exercise like running and team sports as well as degenerating of joint health as we age.
Joint pain and stiffness, together with loss of range of motion, can mean early signs of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis cannot be cured, but an early diagnosis can help slow its progression and a lot can be done to ease the symptoms. If you lead an active lifestyle and engage in exercise regularly I suggest that you look to maintain good joint health.
There are a number of raw materials that we supplement the body with in order to support the integrity of the joint and slow down further damage to the joints. These include Glucosamine, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Collagen and Omega 3 Oils.
(Information Sourced from: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2016/04/arthritis-caused-inflammation-wear-tear/)
This is a kind of arthritis. Gout is commonly known to affect the big toe, but it can develop in any joint in the body. The symptoms of gout include painful swelling and inflammation in one or more of the joints.
Gout is caused by the high levels of uric acid. This can occur as a result of eating foods high in chemicals called purines. When the human body breaks down purines it produces uric acid. Those who are prone to gout will find that their body may be producing too much uric acid or their kidneys may not be excreting enough uric acid and causing a build-up in the body.
As the uric acid levels build-up, it begins to collect in the joints and crystallises into sharp needle-like, urate crystals. They accumulate in the joints or surrounding tissue and cause pain, inflammation and swelling.
When too many purine-rich foods are consumed, uric acid levels rise which leads to the formation of uric acid crystals around the joints.
Try to reduce or eliminate foods high in purines from your diet. Examples of foods high in purines include:
Red meat ▪ organ meats like kidneys, liver and sweetbreads ▪ Shellfish ▪ Gravy & meat extracts e.g. Oxo®, Bovril® ▪ Fructose sweetened soft drinks ▪ Sudden or dramatic changes in diet and weight gain/loss can be associated with gout attacks
(Information Sourced from: www.arthritisireland.ie)
Lower Back Pain & Sciatica
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. It branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your body but it can also be felt as a dull lower back pain. The level of pain can vary widely, from a mild ache to a sharp, burning sensation or excruciating pain.
Things that may exacerbate your lower back pain and increase incidences of your sciatica: include bad posture, carrying excess weight, not engaging in some form of exercise regularly (ideally a low intensity, non-weight bearing exercise such as yoga, Pilates, swimming and cycling), wearing high heels regularly, sleeping on a soft mattress, sitting at a desk at work when it is not fitted correctly to your individual needs.
The types of drugs that are most commonly prescribed for sciatica and lower back pain include: Anti-inflammatories & muscle relaxants. However there are lots of home remedies and natural supplements that we can use to alleviate and prevent the symptoms of sciatica and lower back pain.
(Information Sourced from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sciatica)