A lot of people are suffering from different types of arthritis. The most common type is osteoarthritis, which causes your joints to start deteriorating and breaking down.
Our bones aren’t just rubbing together inside our bodies, but there’s less padding in the space between our bones where our joints are. That means our joints can get run down and start to hurt.
Osteoarthritis can happen in joints all over the body, but it frequently affects the knees, spine or hands.
Reduce Weight & Identify Problem Areas
First off, if your osteoarthritis is in your lower extremities, I would take a look at your weight. Mayo Clinic did a study proving that just 1 pound of weight creates 4 pounds of pressure on your knees, ankles or feet.
If the pain is on one side and not the other, it could be pelvic misalignment. You can test for that by analyzing your hips through an x-ray.
If you’re dealing with spinal pain, I would also highly recommend getting an x-ray to identify areas that are degenerated and seeking chiropractic care.
While we’re looking at upper extremities, if you’re having pain in your fingers, it could actually be due to your neck. Your brain has to send a signal all the way through your neck down to your fingers, so if your spine has joint issues, that could affect the signal.
If you have pain in your shoulder, it could be that you’re sleeping on it too often. To fix this, try sleeping on your back more.
Rehab Your Joints
If you have pain in your elbow or wrist, you can check out my rehab for tendons and muscles that cover the following joints:
- Base of Neck
If you have an area of damage due to joint stiffness or pain, you have to rehab it. It seems counterintuitive to put more motion on a joint that is worn down, but that’s exactly what it needs.
You’re optimizing the blood flow and helping out the muscles that cross that joint.
When it comes to osteoarthritis, eating healthy means eating an anti-inflammatory diet.
There’s a breakdown of this in the Livingood Daily Lifestyle members area, and an entire workbook on it that provides a list for foods that are and are not inflammatory.
The Livingood Daily Book is also a good guide, because it will help you cut carbs, which can create inflammation.
In addition to food, there are two powerful anti-inflammatories that don’t damage your gut lining, and don’t create side effects like over-the-counter medicines.
These are omegas and turmeric. It was found that if you take 1500 milligrams of a high-quality omega-3, you get the same pain relieving effect as an over-the-counter medicine like Aspirin.
Turmeric has hundreds of studies on its anti-inflammatory effects on the body. I put both of these in the same supplement so you don’t have to buy them separately.
Those are the solutions I recommend if you are suffering from osteoarthritis. So you need to do the following:
- Look At Joints Around The Affected Area
- Get Your Weight Under Control
- Get The Joints Moving
- Eat An Anti-Inflammatory Diet
- Use Omegas and Turmeric
If you need help with any of these, grab one of my books as a guide that will help get you started!