FYZICALPBC: Relieving Low Back, Hip & Knee Arthritis Pain




FEELING GOOD PALM BEACH Feeling Good Palm Beach is all about empowerment! To a large extent, so much of what happens to us, good or bad, is not random chance, but rather consequences of repeated actions and behaviors. Yes, this can be a tough pill to swallow, but it can also be liberating. There are also times when lady luck doesn’t happen to be on our side, even despite us giving it our all. Arthritis, the topic of this month’s newsletter, can often times fit in that category. The good news is that if we do experience pain and physical setbacks from arthritis, there is so much we can do to proactively help ourselves. health promoting properties. Including these as a substantial part of your daily eating can be very impactful in helping you loseweight as well. These foods are packed with nutrition and are naturally lower in caloric density than processed foods. (Just don’t get carried away with the nuts and seeds)

Specifically related to people diagnosed with arthritis, studies have shown that ginger 2 , turmeric (Curcumin) 3 , berries, and an overall plant based diet 3 (as opposed to omnivorous), are beneficial in decreasing arthritis related joint pain & stiffness and decreasing inflammatory markers in the blood. So what do you have to lose? You might choose to get started by creating a simple but fun habit. Pick something that is consistent with the tips above, that is enjoyable, and that you can do on a sustainable basis. It might be as simple each day as grabbing a handful of blueberries for a snack, lacing up your sneaks, and enjoying a nice walk. Sources: 1 Barbour KE, Helmick CG, Boring M, Brady TJ. Vital Signs: Prevalence of Doctor-DiagnosedArthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation—United States, 2013–2015. MorbMortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:246– 253. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6609e1 2 Jens Kjeldsen-Krogh. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1999;70(Suppl):594s-600s 3 Druzdov MD et al. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medecine Volume 18, Number 6, 2012 pg 583588

For most of us, the chances are pretty good that at some point in each of our lives, we will experience pain from arthritis. Currently, approximately 1 in 4 adults (or 54.4 million) suffer from doctor diagnosed arthritis and about 43.5% (23.7million) of those people have limitations in their usual activities due to their arthritis. 1 Studies show that being active, managing your weight, and regularly eating foods known to assist in decreasing inflammation in the body are of great benefit in the management of arthritis. With regard to activity, the CDC promotes the following S.M.A.R.T. tips: • Start low, go slow. •Modify activity when arthritis symptoms increase, try to stay active. • Activities should be “joint friendly.” • Recognize safe places and ways to be active. • Talk to a health professional or certified exercise specialist. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and spices are highly regarded for their anti-inflammatory and

LYL (Love Your Life), Mike Graves, MSPT President & CEO

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