Tips To Keep Your Knees Healthy All Year

If you’re anything like me, last month, you made some sort of new year’s resolution to lose a little weight and get into better shape.

But keeping that going longer than a few months, weeks or even days can get challenging. You just need that extra bit of drive or a spark that ignites you on the road to a healthier and ultimately HAPPIER life. Well allow me to help set you on the right path to being healthier and HAPPIER all year long…

I’m sure you’re already aware that exercise can make you lose weight and keep your heart healthy- but a lesser known benefit of exercise, is that it can nourish your joints and ultimately make them last longer!

I know it’s hard to think of the future, but we are all heading into it whether we like it or not. And I know the last thing people want to think about is not being able to do the things they enjoy most, for example…

Comfortably play with their children or grandchildren, or go for walks, play golf, go shopping, walk on the beach, etc. – but this could be a reality if your joints are not cared for and used as they are designed to be used.

I’m going to relate this to the knee as I have been seeing lots of clients with knee wear and tear and pain recently…

Now the knee joint has a very slippery fluid inside of it that makes it move freely without getting stuck. If the joint is not getting moved fully, then the area it is not getting moved to won’t be nourished with this fluid, and over time will wear down. Sounds simple doesn’t it?… Well, to explain it further, imagine you buy a new car. If you are driving it a lot, oil goes around the engine and keeps everything moving properly. If you go away for a few months on vacation, when you come back the car might take a bit of getting going and this is because the oil has not been circulating to keep the engine healthy.

So, just like how you give your car a drive around to get lubricated, why not do the same for your joints? After all, replacing them is a lot more difficult than replacing a car.

Another factor is that your joints rely on muscles that cross them to limit the amount of force going through the joint and ensure they move more efficiently. If muscles are weak then the joint is less supported and is more likely to be put into positions that stress it and cause it to wear down faster. It could even make you more prone to injuries!!

Performing basic strengthening exercises, that can be guided by your physical therapist, will lengthen the life of your joints, speed up recovery from injury and keep you active for longer.

There are also other ways and methods physical therapists use to regain and maintain good movement and strength in and around joints so don’t suffer in silence.

For more information and tips like this, visit our website to download your copy of my FREE KNEE REPORT at www.volkpt.com/knee-pain

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Dean Volk PT, MPT
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