Aches and pains become more numerous and frequent as we age. Part of this is just the normal wearing-out process of the human body. But you can help prevent and even lessen joint pain by following just a few simple tricks.
Relieve neck strain
Neck strain is common in those who read or use the computer. This is because their necks are often held at awkward angles or are stationary for too long. The magazine Arthritis Today suggests that you try using “document holders attached to computer monitors and positioned at eye-level, along with hands-free telephone headsets” to help reduce neck pain.
High-heeled and dangerous
Women often bring additional strain on themselves by wearing high heels. This is one case where it would be wise to sacrifice a little fashion sense in order to improve your quality of life. You don’t have to get rid of them entirely, just stick with shorter heels—about one inch. According to Arthritis Today, “Experts say a three-inch heel stresses your foot seven times more than a one-inch heel. In addition, heels put extra stress on your knees and may increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis.”
Mayo Clinic advice
Once you have the pain, it’s hard to get rid of, but there are a few time-tested remedies that may help alleviate some of your discomfort. It may come as a surprise, but the Mayo Clinic actually suggests getting regular exercise, even for those who already have arthritis. According to their experts, “Gentle exercise can help strengthen the muscles around your joints, and it can help fight fatigue you might feel.” They also suggest applying hot and cold packs to painful areas. Heat helps muscles relax, while cold helps dull the sensation of pain.