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Bust a move! Exercise for health.

One of the worst things we can do to our body is become sedentary. Sitting in front of a computer for 8, 9, or 10 hours per day just isn’t good for the joints, the muscles, and even the bones. So we bust a move! and exercise for health. The body needs stress, physically.  You strengthen what you use and lose what you don’t. 

I look at exercise as a three pronged process. All are equally important.  1. Cardiovascular – you need to get that heart pumping for thirty minutes a day, at least 4 days per week. 2. Strengthening – muscles have to be worked to a certain level at least 3-4 times per week.  This should also take about 30 minutes to get through a mild strengthening program. 3.Stretching – a muscle that is not used will shorten over time.  Stretch at the same intensity as you do your strength training.  If you are pumping some serious iron, you need to spend some serious time stretching out those muscles.  If you are doing a light band workout, do some light stretching to balance things out.  Stressing the muscles also stresses the bones and joints.  Bones get denser when they are stressed but become soft and demineralized when they are not.  Joints produce lubrication through movement, so more movement means less arthritic changes.  If you need more information on any of these processes, I can help with that or there are tons of exercise programs out there.  So get out and bust a move either in the gym or on the dance floor.

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Solutions for Knee Pain

There are a lot of surgical solutions that help with knee pain. There are also tons of home remedies that may or may not work.  Here are a few things that I have found beneficial for folks over the years of practice.

Knee pain knees
man massaging knee with apparent pain

First off, have your knees checked by a licensed chiropractor.  The knee can rotate or go posterior, out of its normal juxtaposition, which can be painful. This can cause undue wear and tear. It also makes the knee more susceptible to further injury as you participate in strenuous activities.  There are a variety of adjustments that can be done. Each doctor of chiropractic will have developed their own protocol that works for them.  I have three different types of adjustments that I can perform, depending on the type of injury.  There are orthopedic tests that we can do to determine the cause of the pain and this drives recommendations for treatment


Some joint remedies can be helpful also.  I usually recommend a joint formula that contains Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, and MSM.  Collagen supplements (i.e. shark cartilage) have been on my radar as a supplement that works also.  My suggestion is that, if you are going to try a supplement, add one, take it for several months before adding anything else.  Most of these supplements can take up to 3 months before you start seeing a difference.  Rate your pain before starting on a supplement and then at the 3 or 6 month point.  A lot can change in that time so there may be other factors for your knee pain improvement.

Sometimes, the goal of the adjustments and/or supplements are simply to be more comfortable until your condition is bad enough to be a surgical candidate. Adjustments can slow the progress of arthritic degeneration and really delay the inevitable surgery for a good amount of time.  I hope this gives you some alternatives for knee pain, besides jumping right into surgery.

Peace to your day.  Be safe, wear your mask, and wash your hands. Be a light in these dark times.

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