You rely on your body to get work done. Whether you work at a desk for eight hours at a time or have a job that requires lifting and prolonged standing, you put stress on specific joints. Hands type out documents and knees bend as you pick up boxes, and if you’re not careful you could put yourself at risk for joint pain.
While Valentine’s Day focuses on romance and friendship, it’s also a good time to give yourself some love. You only have one body to see you through work and play, and how you care for it now impacts the health of your joints in the future. This year, instead of chocolates and flowers, gift yourself in ways that keep you strong and active.
Mix Up Your Exercise Routine. Regular exercise increases the endorphins that help reduce feelings of pain. It’s why patients with chronic pain are encouraged to adhere to an exercise routine, but if you feel your program stagnates you, try different things. A short walk or trail hike, yoga practice, or light weightlifting can keep your blood pumping and your joints flexible.
As you exercise, though, know your limits. You don’t want to put strain on your body and risk injury.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep. Sleep restores our bodies, so it’s important you get your rest. The better your night’s sleep, the more likely joint pain will not flare up and cause problems. To help ensure good rest, take care of your to-do list well before bedtime to clear your head, and avoid stimulating activity like drinking coffee or working on your computer in the late hours.
Seek Help When You Need It. There’s no need to deal with joint pain or arthritis on your own. At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine Specialists, our physicians and physical therapists help patients improve quality of life through a variety of programs and treatments. If you have questions about what we offer and how we can help you with joint pain brought on by illness or injury, contact us today.