5 Ways to Live Comfortably with Creaky Joints

Many people believe worn out joints are an inevitable part of growing old. But things are changing: Treatments are better and there are new and improved natural therapies, too. If you are suffering from common joint complaints, you can take steps to protect your joints, reduce discomfort, and improve your mobility. Institute for Better Bone Health recommends these 5 tips from Harvard Health to help you live comfortably with aging joints.

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1. Keep moving! Avoid holding one position for too long. When working at a desk, for example, get up and stretch every 15 minutes. Do the same while sitting at home reading or watching television.

2. Discover your strength. Put your strongest joints and muscles to work. To protect finger and wrist joints, push open heavy doors with the side of your arm or shoulder. To reduce hip or knee stress on stairs, let the strong leg lead going up and the weaker leg lead going down.

3. Plan ahead. Simplify and organize your routines so you minimize movements that are difficult or painful. Keep items you need for cooking, cleaning, or hobbies near where they are needed (even if that means multiple sets of cleaning supplies, one for your kitchen and each bathroom, for example).

4. Take advantage of labor-saving devices and adaptive aids. Simple gadgets and devices can make it easier to perform daily activities such as cooking, gardening, or even getting dressed.
Long-handled grippers, for example, are designed to grasp and retrieve out-of-reach objects. Rubber grips can help you get a better handle on faucets, pens, toothbrushes, and silverware. Pharmacies, medical supply stores, and online vendors stock a variety of aids for people with arthritis.

5. Ask for help. There’s also the worry about growing dependent on others, but only a very small percentage of people with joint problems become severely disabled. Friends and family are generally willing helpers. Educate family members and friends about your limitations, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

And we offer one more important recommendation: supplement. There are several options for joint supplement ingredients, but one that is effective and scientifically backed is UC-II collagen. Collagen is the support structure for joints (and bones), and keeping it thick and healthy is critical to preventing further joint deterioration. You can find UC-II collagen in Institute for Better Bone Health’s new Joint Formula with UC-II – a unique formula with three proven ingredients for joint health and improved mobility.

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