Arthritis is defined as the breakdown of the cartilage around your joints, and this condition can develop anywhere in your body. Neck arthritis is quite common. Arthritis is actually a normal part of the aging process. Some of the most common symptoms associated with arthritis (including neck arthritis) are joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and a limited range of motion.
There’s good news. While arthritis is common, struggling with arthritis is not normal or okay. the decisions we make each day can dramatically impact how likely it is to become more of a problem for us as we move up in years.
Thinning discs, bone spurs, and other arthritic changes naturally occur as we age. These can be caused by injury: Car accidents, slips and falls, sports injuries are things that can begin the process of degenration
lifestyle factors: poor posture, the positions we put ourselves in while working,driving etc
and, not surprisingly,
Gravity: as we get older, the downward forces of gravity can cause more and more pressure on our joints. Here’s an example, in one of our earlier videos I mentioned that the human head weighs 11llbs. Well for every inch forward the head is positioned, it doubles in weight. So something as seemingly meaningless as a head being 2 inches forward of where it should be, tat 11 lbs turns into 44 lbs of pressure. Here
And many people who are diagnosed with arthritis believe they are destined for a life of pain. That isn’t true.
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You can manage and even mitigate many of the perceived challenges of arthritis – including neck arthritis – by making positive decisions for your spinal health each and every day. Here are 3 ways to stay proactive and reduce the effects of arthritis. Number one: perform stretches and exercises that foster a balance of strength and flexibility daily. Number two: employ ergonomic strategies like keeping your monitor at eye level while working at your computer. Number three: follow a diet that limits inflammatory foods that can contribute to pain and chronic inflammation.
There is no “magic bullet” to prevent arthritis but making those small changes to your daily habits can absolutely help you minimize your risk of experiencing arthritis pain. It’s estimated that most habits form after about 60 days. Can you commit to following the 3 healthy habits above for the next 60 days? Absolutely. We know you can! And if you’re experiencing any of the common arthritis symptoms we mentioned – especially if it’s neck arthritis or low back arthritis I have an online course that can help you to relieve your neck pain by improving your posture. Check it out today. At tompkinschiropratic.com/posture-free. I’ll leave a link in the comments or the description somewhere. If Close to home chiropractic care for arthritis in Tucson, AZ may be just what you need. Our caring and expert team will take a look at what’s going on and work together with you to restore your range of motion and ease the symptoms, naturally.