As baby boomers are aging you may have heard some discussions about mobility & independence when discussing arthritis (osteoarthritis). They are referring to maintaining your mobility and independence as you age so you do not rely on someone else for these treasured quality of life issues.
Of course exercise and good nutrition will help maintain your mobility and therefore independence. Some nutritional supplements will aid you in this endeavor and stave off the detrimental effects of arthritis. My recommendations for supplements are glucosamine & chondroitin sulfates, MSM, manganese and fish or flax seed oil to get those Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils (that help with lots of other health issues besides arthritis).
The last and possibly the most important not so secret weapon against osteoarthritis is chiropractic. Chiropractic has long given relief from symptoms of arthritis. There is a vicious cycle of pain and loss of mobility that comes with arthritis. It works like this; You have arthritis and as a result joint pain, the joint pain causes you to move less, because you move less there is loss of mobility, as you lose mobility your arthritis worsens and you have more pain, the joint pain causes you to move less… and on and on. Chiropractic works against arthritis to improve mobility and lessen pain. It works like this; You receive a chiropractic adjustment, the adjustment increases the range of motion in the arthritic joint, increased movement without pain means you will move more, when you move more arthritis is slowed or halted from progressing (some effects of arthritis are even reversed), you receive a chiropractic adjustment, the adjustment increases mobility… and so on. So instead of following a negative feedback loop and getting worse and worse chiropractic helps you to follow a positive feedback loop and get better and better.
Even if you do not have pain now and you are over 40, it’s time to see the chiropractor. If you’re 50 now you may have another 50 to 60 years to live and you should be doing everything you can to hold onto your mobility and independence.
Dr. John G. Vilkelis