Just because joint pain is common as we age, it doesn’t mean we should just put up with it!
Menopause is triggered by fluctuating hormones, and part of the body that is affected is your joints, causing stiffness and aches and pains. Women lose bone density within the first few years of menopause, and this can put them at risk of osteoporosis, causing injuries like wrist, hip and spinal bone fractures. The main treatment for this is medication to strengthen bones, but fortunately there are plenty of ways to fix this!
Weight can put pressure on your hips, knees and feet, so exercise and losing weight is beneficial for this. However, exercise can also help to maintain flexibility in your joints! Water aerobics, swimming and yoga are perfect exercises to flex your joints without adding extra stress.
There are plenty of supplements available designed to support joint health, and we would recommend Proto-col’s supplements complete with their 5 star reviews. The Osteo+ supplement is made from 6 natural ingredients that keep cartilage healthy, repairs and limits the breakdown of cartilage, delivers nutrients to cartilage, stimulates and maintains collagen and increases cell regeneration. Opti-MSM is made from an organic sulphur compound that boosts collagen production and the MSM improves joint flexibility. Finally, the Omega Essentials supplements include Omega 6 which is great for bone growth.
The golden wonder spice is common in Indian dishes, and is perfect for spicing up a meal. However, it also contains a chemical called curcumin which may reduce arthritis pain. If you don’t like the spice in your meals, you can also get these in capsule form.
Hot and cold therapy
We all know the heat can ease stiffness in our joints, and whilst we (sadly) can’t be on holiday all year round, there’s nothing stopping us from taking a long, warm shower or bath! An electric blanket at night can also help keep your joints loose so you aren’t stiff when you wake up. On the other hand, cold treatments are great if you have joint pain; a gel ice pack or bag of pease can provide quick relief for painful joints.
Massages can significantly improve joint mobility by increasing your range of motion, and reducing stiffness and pain in your joints. So not only is a massage incredibly relaxing, it’s also beneficial for your health too!
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