Joint pain is not something that anyone looks forward to dealing with. Some deal with joint pain because of an injury. Others, however, deal with it as a result of years of poor movement patterns.
As time draws on, it doesn’t matter why you have joint pain, all you want is for it to stop. It can become overwhelming. It becomes exhausting.
Chronic pain of any kind can lead to far worse issues. Issues that go beyond the physical pain and enter into mental pain.
Chronic pain leads to far more than physical discomfort.
The good news is that your pain can be addressed before it becomes chronic. If you already have chronic pain, there is still hope. Hope that can keep you from experiencing the side effects listed above, or minimizing them.
Physical activity has proven to provide positive results correlated with joint pain. Improving your movement patterns, however, will provide the best results. Results that can limit and, at times, even eliminate your joint pain all together. Getting help before it gets worse is your key to relief.
Learn more here about the positive effects of physical activity on chronic joint pain.
4 Keys to Reducing and Eliminating Your Joint Pain
1. Use the 60 / 40 Rule.
Every movement is performed with muscles responsible for the movement and muscles responsible for stabilization. A lot of joint pain starts from the later being used to perform the movement. You should focus on 60% of your movement coming from the large prime movers while 40% should come from the stabilization group.
2. Your Movements With the Proper Muscle Groups.
It is important to be aware of how you move and where your movement is starting. Do you initiate a step from your hip while you walk, or from the knee only? Paying attention to this will make a difference in your strength and efficiency through all movement.
3. Build a Foundation First.
It is vital to build a foundation of strength, balance and flexibility first. Strength should be focused on high repetitions, low weight and be performed in a slow, controlled manner to ensure you are instilling the proper muscle memory. Balance and flexibility should be focused on regularly, and in most cases daily.
4. Warm-up Every Time.
Your warm-up shouldn’t only consist of a 5-minute jog or elliptical bout. You also need to stretch actively and perform a warm-up set for each exercise you perform. Doing this will allow you to recognize areas you may be limited so you don’t work outside of the range of motion you have available on a particular day.
Eliminating joint pain before it becomes chronic will be life changing. You may be experiencing joint pain now, and implementing the steps listed will help you reduce that pain, or even eliminate it. Upgrade your M3 Membership now to receive more in depth information and guidance so you can start moving better and eliminate your joint pain today!