Flexibility and health of our knees lessen as the years go by, and most of the time, it’s due to natural causes.
But there are certain forms of living or habits in your day-to-day life that could speed up the natural pace of aging.
Having that in mind, you can include a couple of things in your life to delay this process or even avoid it in some terms.
Let’s go through some helpful points:
The main reason for knee degeneration
Knees left motionless throughout significant portions of the day may cause slow but exponential degeneration of the knee structure, causing knee cartilage to break down over time.
Lax ligaments will often result in pain in one or both knees, which causes the person to become even more inactive. This leads to a loop between less movement and higher levels of pain.
As contrary as it may sound, the solution is to start moving again, ideally with a program of progressive and rehabilitative activity that incorporates recurrent knee motion.
Having healthy knees is a “use it, or lose it” type of thing.
Why is movement needed for healthy knees?
Healthy knees require a constant flow of synovial fluid throughout them. This is a lubricating substance that provides oxygen and strength to the knee, helps in shock absorption, and reduces joint friction.
Motionless knees diminish their flow, resulting in deterioration of joint surfaces and painful arthritis.
Creating a new positive loop for healthy knees
Gradually increasing workloads improve the capacity of the knees to function, creating a new, positive feedback loop.
As your knee joints adapt to increased activity, the physiologic momentum shifts from a painful trend towards an improved functional one, having greater tolerance for physical loads.
When moving again, your knees will gain flexibility, reducing pan over time.
How to start moving again
It’s important to know that this process needs guidance from a health professional to make sure that the way you’re moving won’t do more harm than good. This is as serious as self-medication.
But here’s a peek into what a progressive movement therapy could look like:
- You can start by simply adding an everyday walking routine to launch the process. Just make sure to make it at a slow and comfortable pace, for at least 10 minutes.
- After a few days, your body will begin to adapt, and you will be able to increase the duration of your walks. Add a minute or two every few days until you’re walking a total of 30 minutes.
- Then gradually increase your pace, for 3 or 4 weeks, until you’re able to walk nimbly for 30 minutes, five times per week.
These steps should work as the baseline from which to expand to additional forms of exercise.
Could you take it to the next level?
Chiropractic care can be significantly helpful to recover peak levels of mobility and health when it comes to the performance of your knees.
Certified Chiropractors are your ideal company when creating a progressive movement exercise plan. They are knowledgeable in knee functioning and know precisely how you’re supposed to work and move.
They also detect and correct dysfunctional areas in your body’s structure so that you can recover as fast as possible and perform to the fullest.
Suppose you’re struggling with a problem like this or in any other area of your body, chiropractors are experts in health, wellness, and well-being.
They will be glad to help you design exercises and food plans that will work for you so that feeling good can be a constant factor in your life.
At Edgewood Spine and Rehabilitation Center, we’re glad to help. Contact us for more information on this topic.
Remember – being healthy is a choice.