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5 Tips to Avoid Joint Pain



As the connections between your bones, joints will sustain a certain amount of wear­ and-tear as we age.


Remaining pain-and arthritis-free requires practicing good joint

preservation techniques.


The following techniques will help you to treat your joints with care as they age.


MOVEMENT

Every day, move each joint through its full range of motion to sustain mobility and freedom from pain. Make sure your movements are slow and gentle to avoid injury, and

be careful not to overextend.


PROPER USE

Be sure to extend and flex your joints in the manner for which they are intended. Avoid

overextending or stressful positions as well as techniques that could put you at risk for injury.


POSTURE


The manner in which you carry your body has a significant impact on whether your joints will remain pain-free. Practice good posture by adjusting work spaces to your

specifications. Avoid back pain by picking items up using your legs, not your lower back.

When carrying heavy objects, be sure to cradle the items close to your body.


PLAY FAVORITES


Favor the larger joints. Use the weaker joints for duties only they can handle. Using your hands, carry objects palm open to help distribute weight equally over your forearm. If

available, make use of surfaces around you. Instead of lifting an object, slide the object across a surface, like a table or workbench.


STAY ACTIVE!


Avoid keeping your joints in the same position for a prolonged period of time. This will help to keep your joints from becoming stiff. In situations where this cannot be avoided, such as car rides, take a break every hour to stretch and adjust your seating position.



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