The passage of time causes a degenerative process that causes inflammation and joint discomfort, which these days can be aggravated by not being able to go for a walk, go to the gym or to the physiotherapist, ….. How can we prevent these joint discomforts?

Phytogen Medical Foods reminds that by carrying out some habits at home and with appropriate treatments, it is possible to slow down the progression of this joint wear, thus improving the quality of life.

Preventing joint pain

  • Maintain a correct body weight. Overweight and obesity are among the main risk factors for this condition. That is why it is so important to adopt healthy eating habits. The diet should contain, especially milk and its derivatives. But we should not forget the properties of the Mediterranean diet, with ingredients that prevent inflammation and pain, cartilage deterioration and the reduction of omega-6 fatty acids in favor of omega-3.
  • Moderate exercise. Exercising 10 to 20 minutes a day will increase muscle strength and protect joints. Ankle, wrist and head rotations, squats and lateral leg separations can be performed at home.
  • Keep at rest when needed. Although it may seem contradictory to the above, osteoarthritis occurs with peaks of increased pain, so in these cases, it is advisable to rest for several days. When you feel better, it is recommended to resume exercise as much as possible, since a sedentary lifestyle does not protect the joints.
  • Improve postural habits. It is recommended to sleep on a hard bed, sit on chairs with straight backs and avoid sunken armchairs or sofas. It is important that the knees maintain a natural position and that the feet are in contact with the floor. Likewise, kneeling and squatting are not recommended, as well as maintaining the same posture for a long time.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. When osteoarthritis is concentrated in the lower back, hips or knees, you should wear thick-soled shoes that absorb the impact of the foot against the ground when walking.
  • Do not overload the joints. You should not carry too much weight and much less walk loaded.

Possible treatments

  • Apply heat to the affected areas. Heat relieves pain and relaxes the musculature. For this purpose, for example, a hot water bottle or a hot water jet can be placed over the joints when discomfort is felt.
  • Natural anti-inflammatory. Another symptom of osteoarthritis is inflammation, but traditional anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin are not recommended for prolonged use. Within the Mediterranean diet there are natural ingredients that have anti-inflammatory properties, such as olive oil, omega 3 and curcumin. OLIMINA3® is a natural food supplement containing these three key ingredients that can help improve the quality of life of anyone with joint inflammation and pain by reducing discomfort.
  • Consult the specialist virtually. There are online platforms of professional specialists, such as physiotherapists, who analyze each case and propose therapeutic exercises, stretching, recommendations and personalized advice. If pain persists, the virtual specialist will help you improve functionality and reduce joint pain effectively.
  • Develop a positive attitude. Although the current situation of confinement entails an increased dose of patience, if you follow the treatment provided by your healthcare professional properly and also adopt habits that help slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, you will experience a better quality of life.