I have and have had dozens of clients that have been diagnosed with Arthritis. Unfortunately, the majority go on a regimen of anti-inflammatory drugs until the joint has worn down so much that surgery is needed.
My question is: “What is causing the arthritis?”
Many people were never told why they have arthritis. It is treated as a disease that just happens.
“Athro” means joint, “itis” means inflammation.
So why are your joints becoming inflamed?
Well, for 9 out of 10 of my arthritic clients it's because they have bad static posture and improper movement patterns. This misalignment of posture and movement is caused by an imbalance of muscles tightness and weakness.
When the chest (pectorals) and side of the back (lats) are tight, they will pull the arm forward in its joint socket. This will lead to shoulder impingement syndrome and pain in the front of the shoulder. This causes a lengthened, weakened rotator cuff. This postural distortion is the culprit for the vast majority of rotator cuff tears.
Shoulder impingement syndrome accounts for nearly 60% of all reported shoulder pain cases in the US. (1.) The treatment measures of shoulder pain can accumulate to an estimated annual cost of $39 billion. (2.)
The above picture shows how the majority of Americans sit everyday for hours. It's a good illustration of why so many people get arthritis. Honestly, just looking at this is painful.
Lets switch gears a bit and use an analogy.
Think of a car. If you have bad alignment on your car (bad posture) you will wear down your tires faster and unevenly (joints). You can replace the tires (joint replacement surgery), but you will never fix the cause of the problem. It's time to fix the alignment (posture).
This misalignment is most prevalent in the populations that sit at work (desk workers, professional drivers, etc.) and those who have their arms out in front of them (hairdressers, teachers, etc.).
When alignment is properly maintained, joints will last 120 years. Even with high amounts of activity.
There is an answer that does not require pills or surgery.
Stretching the proper muscles and improving posture will provide a long-term solution. Everything else is a band aid.
Here are some tips to help:
- The site of pain and source of pain are different. The first thing that you should do when experiencing joint pain is mobilize the muscles near the joint via self myo-fascial release (foam rolling). Next, stretch all the muscles above and below the joint. You will quickly find what is tight. This alone may be enough to relieve pain.
- Use strength exercises to help improve your posture. For example: If you appear hunched over, chances are your back in not strong enough in comparison to the muscles on the front of your body.
- Sit up straight! This can be the very source of many of your joint problems! By practicing good posture, you will reprogram your body to always be in that posture. Reminding yourself to sit up straight can be an endeavor all on it’s own. Luckily I invented a product that simply sitting against guides the body into proper posture.
- Ease up on the red meat and increase your fish intake. Omega 3 fatty acids in fish act as a natural anti-inflammatory, whereas red meat contains arachidonic acid, which promotes inflammation.
For more information, visit the Confident Posture YouTube channel.
Corrective Exercise Specialist